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Special stamps help raise money, awareness




Few things reach as many Americans each day like the U.S. Mail, so postage stamps provide a wonderful opportunity to raise money and awareness in support of important social issues.

The Postal Service currently has two fund-raising or “semipostal” stamps on sale. The price of these stamps pays for the First-Class Mail single-piece postage rate in effect at the time of purchase plus an amount to fund causes determined to be of national public interest and appropriate. By law, revenue from sales (minus postage and the reasonable costs of the Postal Service) is to be transferred to a selected executive agency or agencies.

Breast Cancer Research stamp

Issued at the White House on July 29, 1998, the Breast Cancer Research semipostal stamp was the first semipostal in U.S. history. It features artwork of a mythical “goddess of the hunt” by Whitney Sherman of Baltimore. To date, the stamp has raised approximately $50 million for breast cancer research. By law, 70 percent of the net amount raised goes to the National Institutes of Health and 30 percent goes to the Medical Research Program at the Department of Defense.

Stop Family Violence stamp

On October 8, 2003, the Postal Service issued the Stop Family Violence semipostal stamp to raise funds for domestic violence programs across the nation. To date, the stamp has raised $2.3 million for distribution by the Department of Health and Human Services. The stamp shows a heart-wrenching image of a distraught woman drawn by seven-year-old Monique Blais of Santa Barbara, Calif. Carl T. Herrman of Carlsbad, Calif., was the art director for the stamp.

The Postal Service also issued a “Heroes of 2001” semipostal stamp in 2002, featuring part of the famous photograph by Thomas E. Franklin of three firemen raising the U.S. flag at “ground zero” in New York City. Sold through 2004, the stamp raised more than $11 million for distribution to the families of relief personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty in connection with those terrorist attacks.

To support these important causes and purchase any or all of the semipostal stamps, visit your local post office, call 800- STAMP-24 (800-782-6724), or go to shop.usps.com and search for the name of the semipostal stamp you want.


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