Well Memorial Day is over and many of you enjoyed a three-day weekend, but how many remembered what the day represented? The seniors remembered and perhaps even honored, but did they or others help? The standard answer to that would be, what can I do to help? I plan to give you some answers, so that you can make a small, but most welcome contribution to our disabled veterans.
How many of you out there saved stamps since you were a youngster? I know I did and I kept them in one of those old wonderful wooden cigar boxes. Those boxes with the little metal clasps were just great for storing all kinds of things in. Faithfully, I added new stamps as they came on letters in the mail. Sometimes people would hear that I was saving stamps and would give me the ones they had.
I had no idea what to do with them, I guess it was something easy to do and maybe someday they would be worth lots of money. Well, I still have the stamps and never did put them in a proper presentation folder or found anyone to buy them.
Just the other day I heard of a program for the disabled veterans that keeps them busy and makes them a small amount of money. They collect used stamps and package them and resell them to collectors and the like. What a great idea! Now I have a place to send my stamps and it will be a benefit to the disabled veterans. At last, I can help them and make use of my old stamp collection.
Some of my stamps would be worth a lot more money to them
I figure if I haven't made an attempt to market my stamps after all these years that I never will. How much better it would be to make good use of the stamps by donating them to the disabled veterans to give them something to do and a chance to make a little money.
Please go to: www.gulftel.com/dar/vetstamps.htm for all the information as to what stamps to send and how they should be prepared. Then, if you know an active member of the DAR, you can ask her where to send them or click on Mary Collins on the information page and e-mail your request to her for the best address.
Plan a visit to the nearest Veterans Hospital and go to cheer some of them up with your smiling face and maybe some homemade cookies. Some of your old jigsaw puzzles could be recycled there as well. Perhaps bring some magazines for them to read or those crossword puzzle books. Call the hospital and ask what would be appreciated by the veterans staying there.
If you have a dog or cat that is calm around strangers and friendly, a visit with them could be appreciated if the facility allows a pet to come to visit them. Many of the veterans had a pet of their own at one time or another and would love to see and pet one again.
Get involved and help a disabled veteran, you won't be sorry.
A native of Minnesota, Carol Olson grew up in South Dakota and Walnut Creek and now lives in Pittsburg. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.