Free address labels will save you each year, especially if you prepare holiday cards to send out to friends and family. Or if you’re planning a wedding, birthday, anniversary, or any other big event and would be sending out invitations.
Not only will you save money from getting address labels free, your hands would also thank you for not writing down addresses manually one by one.
3 Sources of Free Address Labels
When it comes to getting free address labels, the only way you can receive some is if an organization or private company has a record of your name and address. So how can they get your info?
Lots charities give out free address labels throughout the year. Penn State, for example, has sent us free address labels because we’ve made donations to them in the past and they know our info. The downside to this is that we never know if or when we’ll get more address labels.
If you’re interested in organizations that give out address labels, here’s a list of the charities I know so far:
- St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – Donate as low as $11 and receive checks that display artwork of patients (or St. Jude designs). Each box of checks comes with matching mailing labels and a St. Jude logo checkbook cover. We donated here once and received address labels successfully.
- Disabled American Veterans – Many people in the marketing and charity worlds credit DAV for being the first to use free address labels as a way to increase donations. Up to this day you can receive mailing labels if you extend a helping hand to our veterans.
- March of Dimes – If you want to support this organization that fights for healthier pregnancies of moms and overall health of babies, donate for as low as $10 March of Dimes. Send your donation to ” Carol Ziff – March of Dimes (1275 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605), attach your donation and a letter requesting for labels (as well as how you want your name to appear on them). The department responsible for March of Dimes’ direct mail campaign will include you in the next run of printing. Regular donors receive free address labels, notepads, cards and other giveaways as well.
- Feed the Children – Fill-up the form, or donate by mail by downloading and completing this mail-in donation form (PDF) and send your check or money order payable to “Feeding America” (P.O. Box 96749, Washington, D.C.)
- Paralyzed Veterans of America – This charity has been using address labels as direct mail campaign for over 30 years. Although the organization sold its direct-mail sister company PEP Direct in 2002 and cut back sending out promo materials, they still send out address labels to donors.
Many of the charities do not publish that they send out free address labels to donors. Some verified ones include:
- LLS USA Foundation
- Boys Town
- American Heart Association
- Arbor Day Foundation
- American Legion
- Best Friends Animal Society
- Christian Appalachian Project
- Helen Keller Foundation
- Jacksonville Humane Society
- Moffett Cancer Center
- National Foundation for Cancer Research
- Salesian Mission
- Joseph’s Indian School
- Susan G. Komen Foundation
- Labre Indian School
Note that if you prefer to mail a check instead, the address of these organizations are publicly available on their websites. Just indicate that you’d love to receive promotional items, so you’ll be included once they run a new set of printing.
Also a warning, charities may share their mailing list between “each other,” so you may receive promotional items from organizations you didn’t donate to.
Sometimes, companies send out free address labels to people on their mailing list. Do you make it a habit to register online on official websites of brands you like?
If so, you might be lucky enough to find a company that uses address label giveaways to entice people to become real, paying customers.
A good example of this is The Humane Society of the United States. You’d just have to fill up the form and wait up to 10 weeks (or more) for delivery. Only available in the US and limited to one set per household.
3. Printing Companies
Printing companies know how to do mailing labels professionally. It’s part of their jobs, so there’s no other company better to print your mailing labels than the experts, right?
These companies know this too, so they may sometimes send out free address labels as part of a direct-mail campaign.
Try sending requests to local printing companies for mailing label samples.
The only problem you might have is the lack of labels they send as samples, since they’re still a business and would need your orders (for the next batch of labels) to sustain their business. In comparison, charities send about 30-40 labels at a time.
Solid Alternatives to Free Address Labels
The problem with free address labels is that there is no guarantee when or how many pages of mailing labels you’ll receive from a particular organization or company. The amount of money you donate doesn’t even guarantee this.
If you can’t find charities and private companies currently sending out free address labels, but you need a bunch soon, you can always make them yourself.
1. Visit sites that offer free templates and download them to your own computer.
- World Label
- Laser Ink Jet Labels
- Label Planet
- Pink Ribbon labels and other similar organizations – The organizations that use address labels as fundraisers and sell them to supporters may also share their designs for those who are interested but cannot spend money. You do have to do a little editing, since you’d have to enter your name and address, or position the given design where needed.
2. Open the template (using programs like Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, or any of Adobe programs like Adobe PDF, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign).
3. Edit the address, or if the labels are blank, enter your own information into the fields.
4. Print the labels. Make sure the sheets of blank labels you buy from any office supply store matches the template you choose to use. The templates will include the size of label and number of labels that can be printed on a single sheet.
5. Wait. Once printed, leave the label sheets out for the ink to fully dry. Use the next day.
Of course, you can also design your own address labels digitally and never have to write them manually during the Christmas rush.
The Bottom Line
Even in this digital world, receiving hand-made greeting cards, invitations, holiday cards, and other snail mail can still feel more personal to most people. However, as someone giving these letters out, writing your return address multiple times can be quite daunting.
Donating some cash to the charities of your choice hits two birds in one stone – not only will you spread your blessings by helping out in causes you care about, your return mail labels will also be taken care of.
I hope this post helped you with your return-mail label needs, and guide you on what to do if you need to mail a bunch of letters but you can’t find any freebie labels.
Have you donated to a non-profit organization recently and received something similar? Feel free to share them below…