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By Heloise

This article was published December 24, 2013 at 3:09 a.m.

DEAR READERS: A recent column told you how to send your canceled stamps to Stamp Camp USA to be used and recycled by young people. Sadly, the organization has shut its doors.

I’ve written about this worthwhile group for years. Many wrote that the stamps were either returned or forwarded to a new address. So here is the Heloise update:

Stamps for Stamp Camp USA are being directed to the American Philatelic Society. APS is the largest nonprofit organization that uses stamps in educational programs across the country, such as Stamps Teach (Stamps in the Classroom), All Star Stamp Clubs, the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and more. After receiving donated stamps and envelopes with stamps still attached, they distribute them to stamp collectors, teachers, postal historians and even the general public. So keep collecting those stamps, office supplies or even cash donations and send to APS Youth Programs, 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte, Pa. 16823. For more information on this wonderful organization and all that it does, go to stamps. org.

DEAR HELOISE: I think it is important to keep receipts, but even more so when on vacation. It used to be hard to keep all the receipts until I figured out how to store them.

When I check into my hotel, I am given my electronic room key in a small, credit card-sized envelope. I place the room key in my wallet and keep the envelope to use for storing all my receipts. The envelope holds more receipts than you would think, and it keeps them together until I return home.

  • Jerry M. in New Jersey

DEAR HELOISE: Aloha from Maui, where we have year-round vegetable gardening.

I use truck tires for my vegetable beds. They are free, and as long as there is no steel belt exposed inside or out, they are perfectly usable. They can be painted for decoration, and they roll easily into the yard. Stacked two high, they make for little bending and easy weed maintenance. I write the name of each individual crop on the tire with chalk. It can be erased if I change the plants.

  • Robert, via email

DEAR READER: “Aloha” to my friends in Maui! This is definitely recycling and reusing at its best. Mahalo!

Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email

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