You may not think there’s value in a used – or cancelled – postage stamp. But Jeanette Antoniuk knows better. She collected tens-of-thousands of old stamps from discarded letters and turned them into a treasure of sorts for people in need.
Jeanette, a resident at Oak Trace retirement community, got into stamp collecting five years ago. She’s one of several residents in the stamp collecting club. From cancelled stamps to old collections, they sift, sort and clip their way to help people in poverty-stricken countries.
Jeanette sends the stamps she collects to a non-profit organization that sells them and uses the money to purchase Bibles for people in need overseas.
Jeanette and the group collect stamps from almost anyone, anywhere. Earlier this year, Jeanette was elated when a donation of stamps from a member of her church turned out to be worth an estimated $6,000! All of those proceeds went to help her cause.
Jeanette says living at a Life Care retirement community like Oak Trace gives her the time to pursue interests and passions that are truly meaningful, plus provides the camaraderie of others while they all make a difference.