Stamps for Missions

Stamps for Missions

The stamp ministry receives stamps from more than just the Northern Illinois District. We receive inquiries from all over the nation and interest continues! In fact, it is the single most inquired about ministry on the website.
If you want to contribute to this ministry here is what we look for:

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League NID invites you to save postage stamps – especially during the holiday season and donate them for our mission goal.

Since 1997 Lutheran Women in Mission across the Northern Illinois District have been clipping, sorting, and sending in canceled postage stamps. You can, too.

Just send your trimmed canceled postage stamps to us or bring them to any LWML NID event. Then, we sort and sell them in batches to collectors and dealers at stamp shows and club auctions.

If you want to contribute to this ministry here is what we look for:

1. All intact picture postcards. Do not cut off the stamps, send the entire postcard.

2. All old (pre-1930) envelopes intact. Do not cut off the stamps.

3. All foreign stamps, large and small.

4. Large commemorative U.S. stamps.

5. Small definitive (common) U.S. stamps (including USA nonprofit bulk stamps), except DO NOT save Love, Flag, Bell, OR Christmas stamps. Save unused charity return mail stamps.

6. Any collections of stamps, save on sheets if possible, and do not remove stamps from pages or albums.

7. When mailing an album to Trinity, use book rate.

8. When mailing ANY package of stamps to Trinity, have the post office use real stamps, not the printed metered sticker.  The high amount of postage such as a $5 or $10 stamp is VERY VALUABLE!!

9. New stamps, as well as used ones, have value, also Post Office metered postage is not valuable.

If at all possible, stamps should be trimmed leaving about 1/4″ margin around the stamp. Do not trim stamps to touch perforations or the stamps will be discarded.

If you have questions, you may contact the Vice President of Communications at [email protected].

Please send stamps in an envelope or package with real stamps, not a post office metered strip to:


c/o Trinity Lutheran Church

1101 Kimberly Way

Lisle, IL 60532

Last updated: 9/9/2022