One of Sons of Norway's Special Projects
The word tufbfrim comes from two words, tuberculosis and frimerker, which is Norwegian for stamps. Hence, stamps for tuberculosis. Tubfrim, according to their brochure, is an institution in Nesbyen, Norway "that receives and packages used postage stamps and phone cards for resale, using the proceeds to help handicapped children.
Founded in 1928, the original objective was to help finance research into tuberculosis and to aid children inflicted with the disease. Today the profits provide financial aid to help improve the quality of life for handicapped children and youth."
What can your lodge do to help, you ask? Have your members clip the stamps off of envelopes or packages received in the mail, being careful to leave a 1/2 inch margin to protect the stamps. When they get a pound of stamps, have them write their name, address and SON membership number on a 3x5 card and place with the stamps into a zip-lock bag. The cards will be entered into a drawing for a trip to Norway.
Tubfrim is also happy to receive stamp collections, old envelopes , and postcards. If envelopes, postcards etc. are more than 50 years old do not cut off the stamp, but send the envelope or postcard intact. Damaged stamps (damaged perforation, edges etc.) and phone cards are worthless and will be thrown away.
For more information
Contact Edmonds Lodge
Roberta Morrow 425-743-7836