Here a short instructional video that shows how to collect, sort and bundle magazines. Once bundled in this way, you have created a valuable literacy product that can go from anywhere to anywhere to meet literacy needs. There are more detail instructions below.
First, sign-up to volunteer or to let us know you are organizing a local magazine harvest project or team. Then collect “good” or “very good” quality magazines. There are many ways to do this – at home or at school or the office, or a coffee shop or library, from family or friends, or by organizing a magazine party or a magazine drive at your local grocery or book store.
Good condition means no torn or cut pages or covers, water or moisture damage, mustiness or excessive yellowing. Carefully remove paper mailing labels or black out ink mailing labels with a permanent marker to protect your privacy and the dignity of new readers, but leave the covers intact.
Very good condition magazines are “like new”.
Now you’re ready to sort and bundle them.
Creating Magazine Literacy Bundles
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Black Permanent Markers
- White mailing labels
- Shipping tape
- Medium USPS Flat Rate Boxes
- All magazines should be in “good” or “very good” condition.
- No torn, cut or water damaged covers or pages
- Black out or remove mailing labels, then cover up with white label
- Prepare and send us a list of the magazines in each bundle to post
Step 1. Start with a pile of all magazines collected and sort into two stacks – one with gently read, good or very good condition magazines – clean, no torn or cut pages, stains or moisture damage. Recycle the rest at curb or recycling center.
Step 2. Split the stack of good and very good magazines into two piles – one having paper or ink mailing labels and the other without mailing labels. Carefully remove paper labels and cover ink labels with a black permanent marker. Then cover up the spot with an opaque white mailing label such as the Avery 2×4 inch TrueBlock label or you can use this label template for printing the labels: Literacy Label Template – Avery 5160 or 8160 This step is very important to protect the privacy of the magazine donor and the dignity of new readers.
Step 3. Next, put all the magazines back into one pile (the ones with no mailing labels and the ones with the mailing labels covered up) and sort them into stacks by general topics or subjects, such as home and garden, business, news, entertainment, science and technology, cooking, teen, kids, etc. When done, combine similar stacks so they are tall enough to create bundles about 5 1/2 inches tall (e.g. News with Business; Fashion with Entertainment or Home and Garden; Kids of all types, etc.).
Now each is a Bundle of magazines ready for delivery!
Thank you for helping to change the world – one magazine at a time. Please share this with others and contact us if you have questions.