We are very proud to say that we have been working with the Spanish Postal Service for more than 20 years. Perhaps through its letters, stamps and postmen we have become part of your life too.
Mail sacks and bins
Oh, wasn’t it nice way back when we used to get letters! A letter from a friend, a relative, someone dear to us. In this new world of telecommunications, the postal service is not what it used to be. But here at the Carmen Pardo-Valcarce Foundation, we keep the old ways alive.
A great number of foreign and domestic mail sacks to be sorted arrive at our Post Office depot every day, along with plastic bins to be washed.
The foreign mail sacks are sorted and returned to their country of origin. The domestic mail sacks are also sorted and pressed onto pallets. Cloth sacks are washed and repaired. We also wash and repair mail delivery bags and satchels as well as the motorcyclists’ parkas and helmets for all mail distribution centres in Spain.
The plastic bins are washed in our industrial tunnel washers, and we repair cracked bins too.
The annual figures below are clear proof of our employees’ efficiency.
With the support required, people with intellectual disabilities CAN DO IT!
- Number of sacks sorted, washed and repaired: 1,890,230 units.
- Number of trays repaired, washed and sanitized: 1,211,770 units.
Every stamp has a story. Stamps come in a wide variety of collections, colours, sizes, and shapes. At the Carmen Pardo-Valcarce Foundation, we also have a workshop where various philatelic products are assembled for stamp collectors.
This is complicated and painstaking work through which about 7,000,000 units per year (stamps and plate blocks, combined) are handled.
Every quarter, the Philatelic Division of the Postal Service sends us newly issued stamps; these are cut by hand and then placed in plastic sleeves so that the Post Office can send them to their subscribers and stamp collectors. Each year, 240,000 stamp collecting cards are processed, with 3,000,000 units cut and sleeved.
This is very demanding work because there can’t be any tears or irregularities in the perforations or stamps.
We also work with larger stamps, called Plate Blocks, Mini-Sheets and Booklets, which are carefully affixed to a special “First Day” envelope.
For most of these stamps we use a sponge moistened with water, which stops bubbles forming. (Approximately 170,000 are affixed annually.) The Post Office then postmarks them with the words “First Day in Circulation” and sends them to their subscribers and other stamp collectors who have ordered them.
We also cut all the stamps for a philatelic product called the “Annual Book”. This is an annual Post Office publication containing all the stamps issued during that year. These stamps are placed in custom-made stamp folders, with a written description next to the stamp telling its history and reason for issue.