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Charity begins at the Post Office

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries

The U-S is about to issue another charity stamp. That's one where you pay a little bit 
more for the stamp than you would for a regular letter-rate stamp. The difference goes 
to a designated charity. 

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This September's Semi-Postal, as they're called, shows an Amur or Siberian tiger. It's 
called  Save Vanishing Species. The extra 11 cents raised by this stamp will go to an 
international coalition of wildlife groups.

Other countries issue lots of charity stamps, but this will only be the fourth U-S 
semi-postal. The first was for Breast Cancer Research, and is still on sale. The other 
two were Heroes of 2001 and Stop Family Violence.

All of them, including this one, were mandated by Congressional legislation. Issuing 
stamps for social causes is bi-partisan.

I'm Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting, 
visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com.

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