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Free stamps and envelopes on tax day

Last year, due to some unforseen circumstances, I wound up having to mail off my taxes right on the due date, April 15. In a rush to get to the Central Carrier Annex downtown, I neglected to bring stamps, thinking I could purchase them there. However, when I arrived, I was greeted by a nearly hour-long line to get to the stamp vending machine (see image). It was total chaos. Due in part to touch-screen displays and lack of familiarity, each individual order took 30-60 seconds to process (or more if you used a credit card). Yet everyone was purchasing an individual stamp. When I got to the front of the line, instead of buying a single stamp, I decided to buy two books of 20 stamps and pass out the remaining 39 stamps to the folks behind me standing in the line. Not only did it clear out pretty much half the line, it put a lot of smiles on a lot of faces, on an otherwise stressful day.

This year, I've already filed my taxes, but I'd still like to do something similar on a grander scale. With the help of a few volunteers (Awesome peeps welcome to help as well), I plan to hand these supplies out to anyone that needs them at the Central Carrier Annex, until supplies run out.

Funded by Chicago, IL (April 2016)