FORT MYERS, Fla. ( November 27, 2016)
A ministry at Shell Point Retirement Community gives canceled stamps a new life in a way that benefits children in Latin America. Each Tuesday and Friday, 60 Shell Point resident volunteers at the Alliance Stamp Ministry donate time to trim, sort, and bundle used stamps to sell to collectors.
Since 1972, The Alliance Stamp Ministry has contributed more than $924,000 to Publicaciones Alianza, a publishing company based in Argentina that prints Christian books in Spanish. Recently, the president of Publicaciones Alianza, Daniel Fanderwud, journeyed from his country to see firsthand how the hard work of these volunteers translates into words on the printed pages of these books.
“Stamps have a second life,” said Jim Riccitelli, a resident volunteer who serves as liaison to the Stamp Ministry from The Village Church. “And it may provide eternal life through use of these books in Latin America,” added Treva Crump, Shell Point volunteer co-leader for this effort.