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December is just around the corner, and if you’ve been around for the past few years, you probably know what that means… but just in case you don’t: dear postcrossers, it’s our honor to announce together with Deutsche Post the 6th edition of the Cards for Literacy campaign! 🎉

Without further ado:

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 like always, as many as you can! If your December postcards are registered before the end of February 2019, you will be contributing to this cause and entering a draw to win some cool postal prizes.

And although only postcards sent from Germany count, don’t forget that 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.

Oh! Did we mention there are prizes? 😍 Yup, we have a bounty of custom-made stamps and cool messenger bags to give away to seven randomly selected postcrossers (residents in Germany only). So by sending postcards in December, you’re helping a good cause, and could win one of these:

Brilliant! As usual, Paulo will run his random number generator next March and we’ll reveal the total count of postcards sent (and money raised to Stiftung Lesen) here in the blog. Last year, a grand total of €8,685.80 was raised for this good cause!

Stiftung Lesen

Stiftung Lesen is a German non-profit organization, working to increase literacy in the population, especially among children and adolescents. Their activities include reading clubs, media literacy projects and initiatives to promote the learning of German language by refugee families in the country.

So… what are you waiting for? If you’re in Germany, get your postcards and stamps ready for December! The more cards you send, the more you’ll be helping this good cause!

Old German postbox

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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49 comments so far

Secret-rebel, Germany
I saved all my Slots, so ready to go :-)
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Mosshumla, Sweden
Go, Germany, go!

As a resident in Sweden, my cards don't count for this campaign, but I love reading about the German postcrossers writing postcards like crazy in the German forum: https://forum.postcrossing.com/viewthread.php?tid=111254&page=28#pid9038366 .
Let's see whether they can break last year's incredible number. Now I'll wait and hope for many, many postcards from Germany.
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chu1992, Taiwan
So enviable activity🥰
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siobhan, Germany
I've been saving up slots as well and look forward to writing many, many cards again in December. :) It'd be great if we could break our record this year!
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Wendy-xiaowen, China
Wow!This project is so wonderful!Do other countries have activities like this?
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FrauElse, Germany
I stopped sending out cards 2 weeks ago to be able to send loads of cards in December. 3, 2, 1.... go!
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CherryDarling, Germany
OH NOO!! I saved up my slots to draw new addresses to be sent from Switzerland where I'm visiting my family!!
Hopefully they will arrive soon then I will draw new ones for Germany. And I will keep this in mind for next year!!
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Sfander, Canada
This is a wonderful idea and I hope my fellow German Postcrossers break last years record. I know how dedicated they are to this cause and I'm sure they will. This is great fun for a good cause. I look forward to lots of postcards from Germany!
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-Bille-, Germany
I've sent the last cards at the end of September and saved a lot of stamps and cards for the campaign. Now all my 50 slots are free and I'm looking forward to write as much cards as I can manage.
Hope we get a new record this year.

Ana, starts it again at midnight and with showing the date of 30th November for one hour?
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meiadeleite, Portugal
@-Bille- Exactly: it starts at midnight in Germany (even if the date on the cards requested between midnight and 1am will still show as November 30, as our servers are in UTC time).

I thought about adding a PS to explain this detail... but I think it would just create more confusion, so we'll let it be. :)
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Moekje, Netherlands
Awesome campaign! Good luck German postcrossers!
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ned44440, Ireland
Looking forward to registering lots of German postcards over the next three months ☺. It is fantastic that our wonderful hobby will also benefit someone else 🙆 .
Of course, I look forward to registering every card I get.
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Ieahleen, Italy
And remember that for every card you sent is registered a German postcrosser could be sending a postcard to you, so send away, everyone, for a good cause!

Before the start of December I am going to send like crazy, I want to receive as many German postcards as I can! ♥ (for once I will not whine about the many German postcards I will receive - need to go to the post office!)
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athanasi, Greece
Such a great idea! Congrats!!!
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organichoney, United States of America
Such a wonderful project
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FABIO, Brazil
Really it is a great project!!!
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AnMiSa, Germany
I love my yellow messenger bag I won last year. Okay, perhaps my neighbors think I have a second job and deliver postcrossing cards. But I will participate again this year and send some more cards.
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silentwinter, Germany
Oh well, I just requested some new adresses before I saw this... So I can only hope they arrive quick enough so I can send more cards in December! :)
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shugal, Germany
Just this morning I requested 4 addresses so all my 10 slots are full. :-( Hopefully they'll arrive soon, and I can send more. I'll try to remember this for next year.
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wifetoalineman, United States of America
Such an amazing event, good luck to all Germans postcrossers.
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fasciola_hepatica, Germany
I stopped sending cards 3 weeks ago, nearly all slots are ready . Can’t wait to start writing 😉
World , be ready to receive lots of cards from 🇩🇪
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mysweetlife63, United States of America
Happy writing Germany! Awaiting your cards!
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Talal90Ahmed, Iraq
waooooo- iam so happy the website have new design- its amazing--
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MerlinM, Germany
Like every year I requested the last addresses on my birthday. Now already 10 slots are free and waiting for December. But I hope there will be more free slots in two days. :-) Today I'll fill up my stamps and wahoo ready to start... :-)
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Boerdefloh, Germany
Oh yes, I filled up my stamps and cards. Now waiting for December..What a nice idea :-)
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Demmi, Romania
Nice idea!
December aka Christmas month is about sharing hope & kindness!
Holidays are coming!
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gabis, Germany
I was about to get addresses when I read the new blog. Now I will wait two days and then write as many cards as I can. It's great that the action is taking place again!
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Brithzy, Portugal
I always get a lot of cards from Germany, I’m excited now! :D
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takoda, Germany
Saving up slots already... :)
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alison41, South Africa
A great project! expecting a flood of DE cards!
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DarkDiamond, Germany
Wonderful Project! I will try to send as many cards as possible :)
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vlada_123, Russia
How lucky! Congratulations to the German postcrossers. Pity, that I not from Germany :(
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AnnitaV, Spain
Cool... I will be very lucky if I receive a December postcard from Germany.
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KateWolfbaer, Germany
That sounds fun! Wooohuuuu! I have some slots free, that's fine. Big deal; I just bought super cute and inexpensive Christmas Postcards.
So which postcards count? Only Germany -> world or also Germany -> Germany? I would change my settings, if postcards in Germany don't count for this project.
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ColorfulCourtney, Germany
This really is a good cause! We get "starter" gift bags from Stiftung Lesen that we give out when young children's parents sign up for library cards.
One gift bag is for parents of babies and toddlers. It has a book parents can read to their children and hints about encouraging children to be readers.
Another gift bag is for kindergarten-age children. It has a bag large enough to be used as a book bag when the children check out books. It also has a book for the child and hints for the parents. These are really well-received, and the kindergarten kids are so proud to bring their own book bag into the library to take new books home with!
Stiftung Lesen does other things too, but this is my experience with the charity. I will definitely send as many cards as I can next month!
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meiadeleite, Portugal
@KateWolfbaer All the postcards sent from Germany during December (which arrive until the end of February) count, no matter the destination.

@ColorfulCourtney Thank you for sharing! We've heard good things about their initiatives, and I'm glad and reassured to hear that your first hand experience also confirms this. :)
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imbrito, Portugal
such cool project!! Go German Postcrossers go!!!! =D
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Gurudath21, India
A very nice initiative,
Great job German post crossers
Hats off to you all
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reiselustig, Germany
I stopped writing postcards in October to save all my slots - so 15 of 16 are now free and wait to be sent... :-)
I work in a kindergarten and sometimes we get book-packages for free from Stiftung Lesen to work with the children on them, for example Little books with the topic of different cultures, with the topic to be curious in nature, the topic of the importance of sharing - or just a topic which children love, for example the "magic" in life. It is a great foundation!
Thank you for this great project!
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hellokathy, Germany
Aaahhh, I forgot about this til mid-November and don't have so many open spots yet, but several cards should be registered soon anyway and I'll be sure to send out a card right away every time a slot opens up.
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gagema, Germany
I did not write any postcard in November, so all my slots are free. I will ask for new addresses right away!
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ZenCat, United States of America
This is wonderful! I hope to receive many postcards from Germany soon!
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Wonderwoman12, Taiwan
Wow , sounds good !
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zwergi, Germany
I drew 12 addresses at 0:06 on December 1st but I guess that CET is not the time Postcrossing uses so now the cards appear as sent on November 30st in the list of travelling cards. Too bad. That's 1,20 € lost for this year.
Last year I was able to contribute more than 10 € but this year due to a lack of time I won't be able to write half as many cards.
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meiadeleite, Portugal
@zwergi the campaign started at midnight in Germany — even if the date on the cards requested between midnight and 1am will still show as November 30, as our servers are in UTC time.

So don't worry: all those postcards will count for this good cause!
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chenria, Germany
I stopped sending cards in mid November because I remembered this might go up again and now I have some slots and am eager to send out postcards again :D
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jcmgbat, France
Quelle belle initiative !! Bravo à la poste allemande! Nous, en France, nous n'arrivons même pas à avoir un timbre postcrossing payant alors que la poste française reverse à des associations, faut pas y compter. Dommage :(
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Malibu-Stacy, Germany
What a great project! I will write as many cards as I can. :)
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lysi77, United Kingdom
What a great campaign. I’ll be visiting my family in Germany for Christmas so will the rest of my December slots for this. Just hope that some of the cards currently traveling will arrive in the next 2 week’s or so - they are all traveling far.
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