Stamps for Charity

Posted by Spalding Hurst

August 1, 2022

When Sister Miriam Ann Walter moved to the Nazareth Motherhouse, she was determined to remain active. Over the years, she knew that the Sisters collected canceled stamps and sold them to a stamp collector. The proceeds support the missions of the Congregation. Upon her arrival at Nazareth, she learned that there was an opening in the stamp ministry, and she offered to help. Before long, she was the coordinator of the program. “That’s just how it happens for me,” she says with a hearty laugh. It is a job she loves.

First, stamps are sorted ­­— the flags, the commemorative, the foreign stamps, and many others. Then, on this day, Sisters at Nazareth had a stamp trimming party. Several Sisters helped trim the stamps, carefully removing any extra pieces of the envelope. Finally, Sister Miriam Ann gathers them, packages them, and seals them in boxes before taking them to a stamp collector. The stamp collector weighs them and sends a check to Sister Miriam Ann. “When I get the check, I open it and look at it. Then, I take it to the Motherhouse Coordinator and she looks at it. Then, it is sent over to the Office of Mission Advancement for the missions.”

Sister Miriam Ann is proud that she will be 93 years old on her next birthday. Her joy for life, her love for God and people, her boundless energy, and her dedicated commitment continue to be a source of inspiration and good in the world.

See more photos here.

All stamps are accepted. If you would like to donate used stamps, please send them to:

Sister Miriam Ann Walter
Nazareth Stamp Ministry
P.O. Box 3000
Nazareth, KY 40048

35 Comments

  1. Miguel Medina

    hello and God bless,
    do you accept used modern day common flag forever stamps?

    Reply
  2. Kathy Doscher

    Hello, I am just checking that the stamp program is still active. If so, do we send them to:
    Sister Miriam Ann Walter
    Nazareth Stamp Ministry
    P.O. Box 3000
    Nazareth, KY 40048
    Thank you

    Reply
      • Miguel Medina

        hello and God bless,
        do you accept used modern day common flag forever stamps?

    • Mary Elizabeth Clark

      Is this still active as a ministry 8/18/20022?
      Thank you,
      Sister Mary Elizabeth Clark
      138 Carpenter Lane
      Philadelphia, PA 19119

      Reply
      • Spalding Hurst

        Yes, this is still active. Thank you!

  3. MAUREEN GIRARD

    Can you use “unused” 1cent postage stamps taken from envelopes which some charities send out as return envelopes?

    Reply
    • Spalding Hurst

      Yes, all stamps will be accepted by Sister Miriam Ann. She has a knack for finding value for collectors in these.

      Reply
      • deeann ruffing-kent

        I would like to mail to you cancelled postage stamps for the missions. Is this service available? My aunt always saved the cancelled stamps and now I have a great number I would like to pass on to you, if possible.
        Please email me so I will know how to mail them and is there any specs that I should be a where of.
        Thanks. Hoping to receive an answer soon.

  4. Joan Vindal

    Our beloved Sister Eileen Trainor passed away yesterday. She was a whirlwind and will be sorely missed by our parish. For many years Sister collected used postage stamps. I would like to continue this tradition in her memory and perhaps have more in the parish do the same. Do you have any literature or suggestions I might use?

    Joan Vindal, 57 South Devoe Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10705

    Reply
    • Spalding Hurst

      No literature that we know of. Sister Miriam Ann is our resource for this. She has contacts that she deals with in this ministry. I will follow up with her to see if I can find out more for you.

      Reply
  5. Carol Gaona

    Where can I send cancelled stamps? I didn’t think anyone was collecting them anymore. I have a few packets that I came across recently and was ready to throw them out when I thought I’d try the internet just “in case” there might be someone who wants them.

    Carol Gaona

    Reply
    • Russell C Zukiewicz

      Where can I send canceled stamps to for your charity work ?

      Reply
      • RICHARD MAGYAR

        Where can I send these cancelled U.S. commemorative stamps?

    • Sharon

      Send to:
      Sister Miriam Ann Walter
      Nazareth Stamp Ministry
      P.O. Box 3000
      Nazareth, KY 40048

      Reply
  6. JODY L TYGER

    Where can I send cancel stamp. For your charity.

    Reply
    • Spalding Hurst

      Sister Miriam Ann Walter
      Nazareth Stamp Ministry
      P.O. Box 3000
      Nazareth, KY 40048

      Reply
  7. Terri Angstead

    Where can I mail regular stamps and cancelled to?

    Reply
    • Spalding Hurst

      Sister Miriam Ann Walter
      Nazareth Stamp Ministry
      P.O. Box 3000
      Nazareth, KY 40048

      Reply
  8. Alessandra L Pflumm

    Can you still use cancelled stamps. If so, where shall I mail them?

    Thank you,
    Alessandra

    Reply
    • Connie

      i have a shoe box full of cancelled stamps. Do you still collect them? If so, where can I send them?

      Reply
      • Mary Ann Julian

        please confirm that cancelled stamps are still being collected and where to send them. Thanks.

    • Spalding Hurst

      Sister Miriam Ann Walter
      Nazareth Stamp Ministry
      P.O. Box 3000
      Nazareth, KY 40048

      Reply
  9. Sister Edwina Pope, ASC

    Sisters, I have lost my group of sisters that sent at least 4 to 6 USPS priority boxes. May I send you the cancelled stamps. I would hate to give them up to nothing, when someone else could make a little something for your missions. Thank you.

    Reply
    • Spalding Hurst

      Yes, and thank you!

      Sister Miriam Ann Walter
      Nazareth Stamp Ministry
      P.O. Box 3000
      Nazareth, KY 40048

      Reply
  10. Marie Seaman SFCC

    I am so happy to see how the cancelled stamp ministry works! I have saved stamps for the missions since I was a child and have often wondered whether it was worth the bother. I’m glad that Nazareth has such a ministry!

    Reply
  11. Bill Neal

    Sister Miriam Ann is an inspiration to this old stamp collector! And I’m pleased to see that the collective stamp donations generate trimmer parties — looks like a time of goodies, good conversations, and interesting stamps. Keep up the good work — collectors appreciate it!!! And kudos to the photographer for capturing the good work being done.

    Reply
  12. Cathy Stiltner

    Sister Miriam, so happy I got to see your operation several years ago with my mother. Have an envelope to send you, but not as big as usual. Thank you for being so dedicated and caring and carrying on the work Sister Rebecca use to do. Love and prayers to you all, Cathy S.

    Reply
  13. Agnes wheeler

    Can I send cancelled stamps and what is the contact information?

    Reply
    • Spalding Hurst

      Sister Miriam Ann Walter
      Nazareth Stamp Ministry
      P.O. Box 3000
      Nazareth, KY 40048

      Reply
  14. PATRICIA Corbin

    I love you Sister Miriam. I am so blessed that you are my friend. Love you,
    Pat

    Reply
  15. Maria Brocato

    Dear Miriam Ann, your dedication to helping the missions through your stamp collection ministry is inspiring to us.

    Reply
  16. Louise Smith

    Thanks for all you do. Sister Miriam Ann you are wonder. May god help you to continue for many years.

    Reply
  17. Rosemarie Kirwan

    There are so many ways in which we can support our missions. We thank you and all your trimmers for your efforts.

    Reply

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