How you can help
1: Sending Pens (and
pencils, erasers, rulers.....etc)
donations of unwanted pens, pencils, erasers, rulers - anything that
might be useful in a school or orphanage.
Please remember that it costs us
money to send these items overseas, so if you are able to include a
donation with your pens, it helps us to ship them as soon as we receive
them - they are no use sitting in storage in the UK when they could be
being put to good use overseas.
still - rather than paying to send them to us, why not send them
directly overseas? Simply email
email@example.com and ask for a suggestion of where they
could go. We can provide a list of organisations that have requested
pens and pencils from us.
Don't restrict yourself to
just pens; pencils, erasers, rulers etc are all welcome. No wax crayons
though please, they don't survive the hot sun for long.
If you are able, please test your pens before sending them,
paying postage on something that isn't working! It also saves us hours
of pen testing. Do please pop a note in to say if you've tested them,
we won't know you have unless you tell us.
Once you have sorted out the not-working pens from the working ones,
put the ones that don't work to good use too! Simply Google "Terracycle
Writing Instruments Recycling Programme" and help one of your local
charities raise money by dropping your pens that don't work off
with them. You'll also be keeping them out of a landfill site.
2: Buying our postcards (UK
We have started selling
postcards to support fund-raising. All profits made from the sale of
postcards go fully towards shipping pens.
All of the photos used in our postcards were taken by Claus Kusk
Hjørnet, the Danish founder of Pens For Kids. We currenty have 4
different designs: Zebra,
Yellow-Billed Hornbill and Speke's Weaver. The postcards are great
quality photos, the web images have been reduced in quality to speed up
Postcards sell in packs of 10 for £2.50, including P&P to the UK.
printing, selling and postage costs, this
generates a profit of just over £1 towards shipping pens. Of course if
would like to pay a little extra, it all goes to a good cause - there's
a "Donate" button below.
There are a few different ways to buy postcards:
1: Send a cheque to the UK address above, indicating which postcards
you would like. (Don't forget to include a return address!)
2: A bank transfer to our
account - account details below, and then an
email to firstname.lastname@example.org telling me what you'd like, along
with your address.
3: Buy online on this
site, and pay using
Here's what we have on offer...
Pack of 10 Zebra postcards
Pack of 10 Grant's Gazelle postcards
Pack of 10 Yellow-Billed Hornbill Postcards
Pack of 10 Speke's Weaver postcards
Pack of 10 assorted postcards
We're happy to accept your cash by any method - but options 1 & 2
above cost us less to adminster.
Pens For Kids UK has lots
of donated pens just waiting for
enough funds for us to send them - and more arrive most days.
If you can help in any way
with this cost, it means that we can send more pens.
We will happily accept any
funding towards the cost of shipping. NONE of it is used to pay
employees, it ALL goes towards postage costs. We never pass your details on, or contact you directly asking for additional donations.
Every little helps. If
you'd like to sponsor an entire shipment, I can let you know the exact
cost of a single box, or pallet, or container.
Alternatively, if you just want to make a donation to help with the
cost of the next shipment, or to pay towards the cost of pens you've
donated, that will be great too.
There are 3 ways of
1: A cheque payable to "Pens For Kids" sent to the UK address
above, either on its own or with some donated pens
2: A bank transfer directly to our bank account:
Name "Pens For Kids" Sort Code
08-92-99 Account Number 65521359
3: A Paypal donation:
We receive all the donated funds if you send a cheque or make a bank transfer, Paypal costs us a little for each donation.
You don't have to be in the UK to use any of these options, you can
In Denmark, please see www.pensforkids.dk for details of how to donate.
In the US, please see www.pensforkids.com for details of how to donate.
Pens for Kids is trying to
help underprivileged kids by removing one of the hurdles on their way
education - the cost of a pen!
4: Get Involved - UK
We have an ongoing need
for help. Areas where a helping hand would be really useful are in:
If you can help either on
a one-off basis for an hour or two, or can make a more regular
love to hear from you. Please call us on 01536 790642.
- promoting the work
of Pens For Kids UK and encouraging donations of pens
- fund raising,
especially approaching companies to see if they will sponsor the
shipment of a box of pens
and repackaging pens for shipping (needs to be local to Kettering, as
this is where the pens are sent) We receive so many pens that we can't
test them all - but we hate paying to send pens that aren't working. If
you're able to test them for us before sending them, it really helps
and avoids you (and us) wasting money posting pens that don't work
Please note that nobody receives any salary or payment from Pens For
Kids UK. All donations are only used to send pens. We can keep you
supplied with tea or coffee whilst you're helping though.
We also have an ongoing need for new strong cardboard boxes, around 70
cm square is a good size/weight for shipping pens. Please contact us if
you have any spare.
A good, accurate, set of scales capable of weighing up to 25Kg would be
really useful too,
- please give us a call
if you have one you don't need, or know of a spare one.
5: Get involved - Overseas
If you are planning a
visit to an orphanage or children's home overseas, and there's a need
for educational materials there, please contact us - we may be able to
supply you with some to take with you.