Dear Heloise: I read, a few years ago, about an organization that involved young children who could use CANCELED POSTAGE STAMPS in their activities. The stamps were used to teach children about collecting or something. If you have any information about this, I would be grateful. Also the address would be helpful, if you know of such an organization. -- W.V., Pine Bluff, Ark.
You are referring to Stamp Camp USA in Pennsylvania. You are correct that the camp introduces children to stamp collecting. The camp’s Web site, www.stampcampusa.org, shares lists of other items that can be donated, as well as other information.
Send canceled stamps and other donations (like copy paper, envelopes, ribbon, buttons or even pipe cleaners) to: Stamp Camp USA, 117 Court St., Ste. A., Elkland, PA 16920. You also can call the camp at 814-258-5601. Stamp Camp USA is not funded or supported by any government agency, so it relies on donations. By sending this organization your canceled stamps, you not only are helping it, but you are recycling stamps. A winning combination! -- Heloise
SPECIAL DIETS AND THE HOLIDAYS
Dear Heloise: With the holidays coming up, many hostesses will face guests who are on special diets — especially vegan diets. Here are suggestions from an old vegan:
* If the guests are local, do a potluck. Your vegetarian guests can bring food that they can eat and share. If they can’t cook, pasta with marinara sauce (meat-free tomato sauce) is filling and delicious for everyone.
* For houseguests, do a buffet. They always can eat salad, bread, vegetables and often dessert. One or two meat-free meals won’t kill anyone, and if you like, you can put a few veggie burgers in the freezer to substitute for a meat entree. — Pam J., Prescott, Ariz.
Dear Heloise: I always enjoy reading your column, and have picked up so many invaluable hints. Similar to one of your readers, we had a broken microwave but didn’t want to throw away the glass plate, so we put it underneath our coffeemaker. It catches not only water spills, but any coffee spills as well.
My husband was so pleased that the next time another microwave broke, he took the glass plate from it and put it underneath the single-cup coffeemaker at his airplane hangar. That came in real handy the day he was using that coffeemaker to brew a cup of coffee and forgot to put the cup underneath it. -- Linda E., Southlake, Tex.
WIPING DOG’S PAWS
Dear Heloise: I read the suggestion about using diaper wipes to clean your dog’s feet when coming inside. These certainly work, but they are not very good for the environment. I know someone who uses old, worn-out bath towels. A couple of these towels folded by the door can be used, washed and reused. We should all be thinking eco-friendly these days. -- Dulcie, via e-mail
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