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December is juuuuust around the corner, and we know that many of our German members have been waiting for the announcement of our yearly collaboration with Deutsche Post. So it’s my pleasure to let you all know that our “Postcards for a good cause” campaign will also take place this year! Hurray! The rules haven’t changed, but for those who are new to Postcrossing or need a little refresher, here they are:

For every postcard sent from Germany through Postcrossing during the month of December, Deutsche Post will make a donation of €0.10 to the non-profit organization Stiftung Lesen (Reading Foundation).

If you’re in Germany, all you have to do is send postcards, as many as you can! If your December postcards are registered before the end of February 2018, you will be contributing to this cause.

And although only postcards sent from Germany count, there’s always a receiver in every postcard exchange — so each time a card from Germany is registered, the recipient will be indirectly contributing to this donation too!

To keep things interesting, there’s also cool prizes for some randomly selected participants (residents in Germany only):

Pretty cool, right? All you need to do is send a postcard, and you’ll be automatically helping and entering in this lucky draw. As usual, the winners will be picked by Paulo's nifty random number generator in March 2018, at which point we will also announce here on the blog the total amount raised by German postcrossers to Stiftung Lesen. Last year, a grand total of €8,372.10 was raised for this good cause! 😊

Stiftung LesenStiftung Lesen is a German non-profit organization, working to boost literacy in the population, especially among children, adolescents and newly arrived refugee families. Literacy and increasingly media literacy as well, are essencial requirements for success in life both on its professional and civic aspects. The funds raised in this campaign help the organisation run its many initiatives, such as reading clubs, libraries or research projects.

So… what are you waiting for? If you’re in Germany, get your postcards and stamps ready! The more cards you send in December, the more you’ll contribute — and the more chances you’ll have of winning a voucher, stamps or one of those neat messenger bags! 📯

December campaign time!

P.S. – As always, we respect your personal information and will not share it with any company without your explicit permission. The full details of this campaign can be read here (German only).

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38 comments so far

-Bille-, Germany
I can hardly wait ..... :-)
I've sent only 5 cards in October and none in November. So I saved stamps and money for the campaign. 41 slots are free and I would like to send as much cards as I can.
Ana, when starts it on Friday? 0:00 GMT or GMT +1?
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geminiscp, Portugal
Congratulations again to the German Post!!! :)
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UnaHora, Germany
Yes! I am ready, all slots are free and the postcards are waiting to sent!
Happy Postcrossing!
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daniel_o_alemao, Germany
My plan was to send cards today. But now i will wait 2 days more to support this campaign.
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meiadeleite, Portugal
@-Bille- We use the Central European Time (German time) for counting these postcards, so the campaign starts at your local midnight.

If you request postcards between midnight and 1am on Friday, the date on those postcards will show Nov 30, but rest assured — they'll still be counted.
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Duesseljin, Germany
Great!!!
I've currently 50 open slots and hope that the still traveling cards will be registered soon. So next weekend will be spend with postcard writing:-)
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Demmi, Romania
Kudos for Deutsche Post! ♥ #seasonspirits #xmasspirits
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jeremybuck, Russia
So great idea! It is a pity that the post of my country does not conduct anything like this.
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kissyberlin, Germany
Waiting for Friday 😁
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-Bille-, Germany
@Ana: thank you for your answer.
That's an interesting fact and maybe you can add it to the Blog to inform the other postcrosser about it.
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siobhan, Germany
I haven't sent anything in the last two weeks (and that was sooo hard!), so I saved a bit on stamps and cards and I also have 75 free slots now. I honestly can't wait to start writing postcards again!!
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samyuktha, India
wouldve loved if twas in india:) hope i get one

all the best to all germans for the lucky draw:D
and hats of to duesche post for the contribution!!
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Quitospaw, Germany
My first time to participate!! Hope to have many free slots in December...let's aim for many postcards fellow German postcrossers! :D
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DoTea, Germany
Good to know! Although I'm here for some years now, I must admit that I forgot about that campaign... I just wanted to draw some numbers, but now I'll wait until Friday and hope that a lot of my travelling postcards will arrive soon, so I'll be able to send some more cards in December!
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ACEA13, United States of America
This is awesome! :)
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meisterlich, Germany
This is such great news! Haven’t read about it before, but now I’m really looking forward to Dec :-) I will try and participate as often as I can.
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franciscojclima, Portugal
Just a question: shall the recipients send their postcards received from German members to any one who has a main function in Postcrossing or registering the German postcards which arrive from Friday (30 Nov.) to the 28th Feb. 2018 is enough. If I put this question is to be entirely clarified since I have never made part of this program.
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Sfander, Canada
Good for Deutsche Post!
I'm looking forward to getting lots of postcards from Germany this December! All the best to my German Postcrossing friends!
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miwi2, Germany
So everybody around this world should register German postcards very soon!
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ctr, Germany
I am also ready to start ;)
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MerlinM, Germany
Unfortunately I only have 4 free slots, many of my postcards are still somewhere travelling. Some people just stop to appear for more than a month. I just wish that people who plan to make a break register the cards beforehand.
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Axolotl_, Germany
I was about to write some cards today, since I have 30 free slots.. guess I'll wait for the weekend to take part in this project! (I totally forgot about it to be honest) Thanks a lot to Deutsche Post. :)
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schniepli, Germany
Yay! I haven't sent postcards for weeks now, so I can write all of them on Friday, haha! :) Thanks to the Deutsche Post again! :)
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meiadeleite, Portugal
@franciscojclima You just need to register the postcards you receive, as usual! :) Postcrossing will keep counting how many German postcards arrive during this time.
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elanj123, United States of America
Hello !!!
I have 64 slots currently. I promise to register Germany as soon as I get them...I usually get between 2 to 10 a week !!! I wish the USA had something like this, it would be really neat! There are so many great organizations who could use a little helping hand every year:.)
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Kasimir2007, Germany
It is good to know that Postcards for a good cause starts again. I now wait till Friday to pick up new addresses to sent cards too. So the Stiftung Lesen may get a bit more money.
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Flippie, Canada
What good news for the German Post-crossers. Hiep Hiep Hoera!
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MagiaHobbs, Germany
I have saved the places for December. So 16 postcards can be mailed tomorrow.
Please, to everyone, who get a postcard, register it as soon as possible. Last year 5 places were blocked by people who were on holiday and so on.
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franciscojclima, Portugal
One more question: I received today ( 1st Dec.)a postcard sent from Germany. Does this postcard count for this event since it was mailed one week ago? Or the counting postcards have in fact to be mailed on the 1st. Dec.? Francisco Lima -Portugal.
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meiadeleite, Portugal
@franciscojclima Today is still not December 1st... but even if it was, that postcard would still not count, as only postcards sent from Germany in December count. We're guessing that postcard was sent sometime in November.

Unless it came from the future somehow... 🤔
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MissiveMaven, United States of America
So awesome - yay Postcrossing! I wish the USA would do something like this but I know it's not likely. :-( Yay Deutsche Post!
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ned44440, Ireland
Just curiosity: Will travellers who send cards from Germany while in Travel Mode there be eligible for the lovely prizes offered above?
I am looking forward to registering many cards from Germany over the relevant period.
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quirkylady79, United States of America
That's wonderful! I agree with the above from MissiveMaven...I wish the USPS would get on board with Postcrossing--one day it will happen!
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meiadeleite, Portugal
@ned44440 All postcards sent from Germany count, but travellers will not be entered in the lucky draw (since they're not residents).
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MagicLantern, Germany
Oh that's nice 😃 And I have 1 free slot 😲 Well, it's a start!
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DorotheeB, Germany
Great! Today I made a start and wrote six cards. I hope to send many cards this month - and even more I hope that they will all arrive and get registered. So let's go writing - and let's have lots of fun!
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Destiny62, Belgium
Great initiative! In Belgium this exists since 1997 (till now 2 million euro was collected, 250 projects were funded, 150.000 people got help). For each card sent in December with the special Christmas stamp, 1eurocent is donated to the fund. So as of now you will see a lot of X-mas stamps on my cards.
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cmdanne, United States of America
This is exciting!!! an endeavour that is being noticed by the glam squad Deutsche Post!! Banners Yonder!!!!!!!!
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