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How to Donate Old Bibles
February 16, 2019
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Do you have an old bible sitting around that you’re not sure what to do with?

Maybe it’s a little beat up, and you’ve since gotten a new one. Maybe you got a different translation and you no longer use the old one anymore. Maybe a loved one recently passed and left you with boxes of bibles and other Christian literature.

However it happened, before you recycle those materials—or drop them off with a local resale store—consider donating those old bibles and getting them on the mission field.

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2024 UPDATE: Two quick FAQs so you don’t have to wait for a comment reply:

1. Yes we are still accepting materials! If you’re reading this, we’re still working.

2. The map is always updated. The map below (and on the Contact Us page) is always the most up-to-date list of drop-off locations. No need to ask if there’s a location near you in a comment. All the locations are on the map.

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Why Donate Old Bibles?

Christians all over the world live in places where bibles are difficult to find, and in conditions which make purchasing them impossible. In some international communities, a bible would cost the average villager a year’s wages. In these places, even pastors and missionaries do not own their own bibles.
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From Zimbabwe:
One young woman … waited and waited, and when everybody else had left, asked … if she could have a Bible. She had never ever owned or even touched a Bible in her entire life. She immediately went and knelt down and began thanking the Lord. It was late so Martin just left her there and went home.

The next morning he returned to open the tent and found her still there, still thanking the Lord for her prized treasure, the Bible!

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Bibles that sit around on our shelves just collect dust. It can initially seem hard to part with an old bible that has sentimental value, but the reality is that a bible collecting dust is wasted.

It may be easier, in some ways, to take those old bibles and Christian books down the street to a resale store—or to recycle them. But when you consider that one donated bible can fuel an entire church—or a network of churches pastored by the same person—overseas, the extra effort is revealed as a small-but-worthy investment.

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Can I Donate a Damaged Bible?

What most Americans consider “damaged” is hardly a handicap to the rest of the world. We ship tons (literally) of used bibles and Christian literature every week, and much of it is folded, wrinkled, creased, etc.

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donated christian magazines

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If your bible is severely damaged, you can still send it. We sort through every piece of literature that comes in our doors, so we’ll look at it. If we think it is usable (and it probably is), we’ll send it. If not, we’ll recycle it.

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From Ghana:
Most of these pastors were not having Bibles so I was overwhelmed with passion to carry the Bibles, books and other Christian literature to Atwea mountains prayer camp to be distributed to them. According to most of their testimonies, more souls have been won and they are now able to do good teachings with the materials.

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Before you dispose of that old bible, let us see if we can use it.

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pile of donated bibles
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How to Donate Used Bibles

Getting your old bibles on the mission field is easy.

  1. Box them up. We also ship Christian books, study guides, Sunday school literature, and more. Try to fill up the box so contents don’t shift in the mail: stuff empty spaces with newspaper or some other filler if necessary.
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  2. Ship them to us. You can send them to Butler, Illinois, or Decatur, Alabama, at the addresses below. The most cost effective way to ship the is with the USPS’s Media Mail service.
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    Bring them to us. Alternately, if you live close by, we’d love to see you! You can drop off materials at either of our locations, or at one of our partner drop-off locations (see map below).
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    Bring them to a drop-off. We partner with local churches and Christian radio stations across the country who have agreed to serve as drop-off locations. For the most up-to-date list of drop-off locations, please see the map below.

Give your used bibles and other Christian literature new life, and see what God can do.

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From South Africa:
We are experiencing a revival amongst the Indian community – especially out of Hinduism – and therefore the demand is great for bibles. … We also supply to evangelists working among the prisoners and we get good feedback of criminals starting bible study groups and spending more time reading the word of God.

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Ship your old bibles and other used Christian literature to us at:

220 Union St
Butler, IL 62015

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60 South Mountain Dr, Unit D
Decatur, AL 35603

Drop-off locations:

If there is not yet a drop-off location near you, but you would like to start one, please let us know. We cannot come out to pick up donations (yet), but if you are willing to collect materials in your area and either ship or deliver them we will add you to the map!

See what other resources we can use and read more testimonies from all over the world.

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285 comments

  1. are you sill receiving bibles?

    1. Yes we are!

  2. Is there a drop off location in Malaysia?

    1. Only in the U.S. for now, unfortunately.

  3. Where do I donate my commentaries, Bibles etc. from years of pastoral ministry? I live in California.

    1. Looks like our most western drop-off locations are Oklahoma and Kansas, or you can mail them to one of our warehouses!

  4. Is there a drop off location in the East B ay in California Oakland CA or Fremont Ca?

    1. Our most western drop-offs right now are Oklahoma and Kansas. You can get their contact info off the map. Or you can mail materials to either of our warehouses!

  5. Are you still taking bibles and teaching materials?

    1. Until the sky rolls back like a scroll …

  6. Joseph M. Tobin, Jr.

    I have to very large pulpit bibles and would like to find a location near me where I can bring them.

    1. The map above is always updated. You can search your town/state and find the closest location!

  7. How do english Bibles get used in uganda?

    1. English is the second most popular language in Uganda and has been the official language of Uganda since 1962!

  8. Please let me know if you have a drop off station in Pittsburgh, Pa or near Monroeville Pa.

    1. North Canton Church of Christ in Canton OH looks like your closest drop-off. lones.ed@gmail.com

  9. I know if you’re still taking Bibles I’ve tried to contact people and Butler Wisconsin with no response I guess my next shot would be Illinois but I need to know that you still use these Bibles

    1. We’re always taking bibles! Our main location is in Butler, Illinois (not Wiscsonsin).

  10. Hello!
    I work with an antique book store and we have way too many religious books than we know what to do with. This sounds like a wonderful program and we would like to ship some to you. The issue is that we operate in Utah so we would have to ship them all out. I will need to work all that out and figure out the best way to ship them to you. Could you please let me know if there are others that have this same issue and how they have solved the problem. Thank you

    1. Look into shipping them as “Media Mail.” It’s a very affordable way to ship a lot of literature.

  11. I would like to know can you give me a Spiral Bilble

  12. Do u still accept Bibles?

  13. We have a big box of children’s curriculum that our church has finished using. Can you all use this?

    1. Absolutely! Churches and ministry leaders overseas LOVE to have those materials!

  14. Do you take foreign language Bibles also? For example, Romanian?

    1. Yes! We sort foreign language bibles separate to make sure they get to populations that can use them.

  15. Are you still collecting Bibles. Our Church has a bunch in good to very good condition.

    1. Yes every day. Please call 256-355-3004 for a prompt reply.

      1. I have quite a few bibles in excellent condition I’d like to donate. But do English bibles help churches in other countries?

        1. Yes! Many African countries have large English-speaking populations. India does as well!

  16. What is the name of your ministry or organization?

  17. Bernadette Bollins

    This article 6 years old. This is 2023…is there a drop off location for Arizona? Thx you, Bernadette

    1. No we haven’t had any volunteers want to do this yet in Arizona. You can mail materials “Media Mail” with USPS for cheaper rates. Mail to either:
      Love Packages
      220 Union St
      Butler, IL. 62015

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      Love Packages
      60-D South Mountain Dr
      Decatur, AL 35603

  18. Is this wonderful bible resources still active? I live in a small town in southeastern Kentucky and would love to organize a collection for y’all if you still do this.

    1. Yes we are Missy! Thank you!

  19. Linda Evrenoglou, Office Assistant at New Hope United Methodist Church, Millville, NJ

    Hi, our church is located very near you and we have Bibles and Hymnals the church may want to donate as they are just sitting in a shed. I am not sure the quantity yet but can let you know. Are you at all interested?

    1. Yes ma’am!

  20. My church has a lot of Bibles in good condition that we would like to donate. Do you have a preference of which state I send them to? It will be expensive from AZ but worth it if they can be put to good use. I will also probably have Sunday school literature too.

    1. No preference, Joann. Whichever is more affordable for you. Thanks!

  21. We have many Bibles at our church that we would love to donate to your mission! We are in Wisconsin and do not have a nearby drop-off location. However, one of our staff will be traveling through Iowa on Saturday, April 22 to visit her college son at Iowa State. I would love to arrange a drop off on that date, likely in Aplington, IA. Who can I contact to coordinate that? Thank you!

    1. Hi Carrie. Thanks for coordinating this. I will check to see if we have contact info and someone will send you an email.

  22. Hello, I was wondering if you have a Canadian office? I’d like to send two Bibles to you.

    1. Not yet, Dave. Please see the map on the bottom of this post for the most up-to-date list of drop-off locations.

  23. I have Christian books to send too.are you still accepting donations

    1. Yes we are, Donna!

  24. Good day to you. I wanted to ship my Bibles and other Christian books out to you but I want to make sure you are still receiving books.

    1. Thank you, Jenniffer. We are!

      1. Thank you. I just wanted to make sure that you are still up and running.

  25. Is anyone in Lebanon Ohio still taking these donai? I have 2 boxes of Christian materials ready.

    1. Hi Jeanie! Please see the map on the bottom of the post for the most up-to-date list of drop-off locations.

  26. Is there a drop off location near Myrtle Beach, SC

    1. Hi Deborah! Please see the map on the Contacts page for the most up-to-date list of drop-off locations – https://lovepackages.org/contact-us/

  27. Hello, Any drop off locations on Long Island, NY?

    1. Hi Pattie! Please see the map on the Contacts page for the most up-to-date list of drop-off locations – https://lovepackages.org/contact-us/

  28. Hello, I’m David Feltner and I was wandering if you have a drop off location in michigan as of yet? We have Sunday school material we’d like to get to you…most has never been used..Randell house and more..wish we could find help with shipping unfortunately with what we have would cost a small fortune

    1. Hi David. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we have anyone set up in Michigan. You can always check the map on the Contact Us page to see if one gets added. (Or you could BE the local drop-off in Michigan! Learn more here.)

    2. $51 to ship 70 lbs media mail. How many pounds do you have?

      1. We ship literature overseas by the ton, because the shipping containers are the most cost effective way to get them there. We’ll take as many pounds as you can send, Merrit!

  29. Would like to make sure that you guys are still sending bibles over seas?

    1. Hi Michelle! Thanks for checking and yes we are! We shipped 1,945 tons last year and our goal for 2023 is 2,220 tons!

  30. There are no replies to any inquiries for quite sometime. Does anyone know if bible donations are still being accepted here?

    1. Hi Joe! Sorry for the delay. We are accepting all donations in both locations!

  31. Any drop off locations near Findlay ohio

    1. Hi Pat! Currently our two partners in Ohio are in Lebanon and Delaware, Ohio. Our list of volunteer drop-off locations changes, so your best bet is to keep an eye on the map on the Contact Us page – https://lovepackages.org/contact-us/. Thanks!

  32. Hi, are you still accepting old Bibles and Christian books?

    1. Looks like they are currently on Facebook, showing pics of their shipments They only have a very small staff, so I don’t see them responding to these articles or Youtube video comments. Here is their Facebook link https://www.facebook.com/OfficialLovePackages

  33. Is the address to mail my old bibles still: 60-D South MOUNTAIN DR. DECATUR.AL 35603

  34. I have approximately 2500 books (Pastorpreneur and God-Size Your Church) that would be very helpful to pastors and church leaders. I have a heart for global ministry. If I ship them to you, will you be able to use them for your global work? Also, do you provide tax receipts for the donation?

  35. Is your Decatur, AL drop off still open? Is there someone I should contact before delivering my bibles?

  36. Gillian & Leigh Evans

    Is there an Australian contact for “used” bibles please

  37. Hello! I have a spiritual warfare bible that I would like to donate to someone in need. Thank you. Prayers are included!

  38. Are you still accepting Bibles for donations overseas?

  39. Are you still collecting Bibles and Christian materials?

  40. What is the neast drop place to Warsaw IN

  41. I have 50 brand new NIV bibles, with labels on the back in memory of my mother. Her church did not want to accept since they were NIV. Will you accept them?

  42. I have totes of bibles and study stuff. Literally totes. I live in Enterprise, AL .

  43. I have dozens of Christan books and a few Bibles that I want to donate. Can I ship these directly to the Decatur, AL address?

  44. Is there anyway we can donate vbs and Sunday materials from Salem Oregon?

  45. I live in Oregon, are there any drop sites anywhere close? Thanks you for providing bibles to those who do not have them. What an amazing ministry.

  46. Hello, are you still accepting used Bibles? It looks like the last comment was posted a few years ago. Also, do you have a drop off location near Washington, DC?

  47. I have a few Greek christian bibles . Will you take these?

  48. Do you accept bibles in different languages? I have some Greek bibles.

  49. Do you have a drop off in California?
    I have bible that are in good shape to donate.

  50. Williola Alexander

    Do you have a drop off place near washington dc? 7- 8 boxes of different things. Bibles, Bible booklets and more.

  51. Our church has lots of outdated Missionette (Assembly of God group for girls to 6th grade) teaching resources , and some Sunday school literature etc. Also maybe some Royal Ranger materials for boys to 6th grade. Not many Bibles but maybe a few. Can you use these?

  52. Do you have a drop off box in roanoke,virginia?

  53. Just an FYI. I shipped a 30lb box of Bibles and other literature from Ohio to Illinois. It only cost $22.09 to mail, using media rate from the USPS. I believe that was a small price to pay. So don’t be intimidated from mailing a box!!!!

  54. Scott & Debbie Bryant

    So great to find a place for some extra Bibles we have from parents and other family members. We have our own Bibles that we already use and the others were just sitting on shelves like you said. Great that we can get them into the hands of those who need them. God Bless!

  55. I recently purchased a home in Largo, Florida. It had been owned by a preacher who died several years ago and his wife who is now in assisted living. Among other things left behind is a high box full of Christian Bibles an other Christian literature. I am Jewish. I have no use for these books, and I most certainly do not want anyone to contact me and try to convert me. I do want to do the right thing with the books though. However I will not pay to have them shipped anywhere. I have contacted several local churches and found that they will not accept them. Do you have any suggestions. If I can’t find a better answer, I will donate them to a local thrift store.

  56. I HAVE MANY OLD BIBLES ON HAND SOME OF THEM WAS DAMAGED IN A HOUSE FIRE. WITH WATER AND SMOKE. I WOULD LIKE TO SEND THEM TO YOU. SO MAYBE SOME ONE CAN USE THEM.

  57. Are you still accepting Bible donations?

  58. Angie Russell-Sawyer

    Just checking to see if the above listed addresses for shipping are still good.

  59. All our Bibles are in English. Will they still be able to be used on the Mission Field?

  60. March 2022
    Are you still collecting boxes of Bibles and can I send my old Bibles to the above IL address.

  61. Is there a drop off area in canada

  62. Is there a drop off site near Denver Colorado?

  63. I’m slightly disappointed that this other website suggests throwing tabletop bibles & used bibles away.
    You’ve put forth an *excellent * alternative. I can’t even imagine throwing a Bible out when there are people without who want one. Thank you for enlightening me. I ordered a t-shirt to spread the word too. Many Blessings.

  64. Are you still accepting old bibles

  65. Are you currently accepting Bible donations?

  66. Garry William Porter

    I have 36 bibles to donate here in the UK any advice on what I can do with them?

  67. Good Morning! I pray everyone is safe and healthy! I am verifying that yall are still collecting books to be shipped! Thank you and blessings!

  68. Can we still ship used bibles to you? according to the address on this webpape? thanks

  69. I really need Holy Bible pocket size. It’s very costly here. Is it possible that someone donate me. I would really appreciate it

  70. I have lots of bubbles and other books. Are you still taking them? I wasn’t sure how old this information is. Let me know.

  71. Bibles i would like to donate.
    Do you have an address

  72. I have several Bibles and study materials study Bibles dictionary’s transliteration maps and charts. Mostly hard book materials which I cannot afford to mail or ship I am in Orlando Florida

    I have several Bibles and study materials.Study Bibles dictionary’s,transliteration , concordances maps and charts. Mostly hard book materials which I cannot afford to mail or ship I am in Orlando Florida, I don’t want them picked up by someone who will not use them.

    1. It only cost me $22 to mail from Ohio to IL using media rate. I’m sure it would not be that much more if you use the Alabama address listed here.

  73. Hello and god bless all of you I’d love to help I can ship some but not all I’d love to start collecting and donating bibles I live in chocowinity mc thinking of starting with news to get the word out on collecting biblical literature and bibles how can I get them shipped

  74. Are you still taking used bibles?

  75. I would like to start a bible donation on the west coast, i live in Fresno, ca and shipping could be costly. How could i ship free or even reduce shipping cost.

    would love to help.

  76. Jacquelynn Chechile

    I have lots of Christian material I would love to donate.

  77. Ok lease I would love to help not because I have old nobles but because I want to help poor country s who need the gospel also I have steps
    to Christ a great book please let me help I can keep helping all the time means a lot to me to send them and spread the gospel but it would be alot sometimes can I also send steps to Christ books please. Help me help u

  78. Can I still drop Bibles off at this address
    60 South Mountain Dr, Unit D
    Decatur, AL 35603

  79. Where can I drop off from Ashville Alabama 35953?

  80. Dear Sir I am from Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. There are thousands of pastors, evangelists and missionaries here who are un able to purchase study Bibles.
    We have an Organization namely Blessing Fellowship. We would like to distribute them study Bibles. For this purpose we need large quantities of Study Bibles. Hence you requested to kindly send us large quantities of study Bibles.

    My whatsApp :. +91 9437280748

  81. I’m checking in to see if you’re still accepting Bibles…I have new and used, along with many other Christian literature books.

  82. I have about 6 to 8 bibles to donate, is there a drop off place near me? 24013

  83. Do you accept Catholic Bibles?

  84. We have a number of unused boxed KJV Bibles; our church now uses more recent translations. Can you use these.

  85. Is their a drop off in Murfreesboro TN?

  86. Do you accept all versions of The Holy Bible?

  87. We have 31 bibles and 11 hymnals and we are in Washington state. What is the best and least expensive way to ship them and where should we ship them???

  88. Dr. Peggy A. Buckner

    Is there a drop off site near Cedar Hill, TX. Zip code is 75104. Thank you.

  89. Are you doing this or is this a old notice. I have 4 bibles and 2 needs some work on them.

  90. Eustolio and Karen Gomez

    Praise God for opportunities to serve Him! We have several bibles and books for use by others. We will bring them to Illinois. We do, however, need your hours of operation.

  91. Dear Lovepackages.org : Our church ( Barre Evangical Free Church , Barre, Vermont) ran a church ‘Unsale’. for 25 years. This was a 2 day give away of many items free to the community in the name of Jesus. Allison Hall had been our resident ‘ librarian in charge…it was a task that she enjoyed (but was physically taxing). It was always a task finding a place that would accept Christian literature…this is Vermont..one of the most liberal states in the U.S.! Long story short…I talked with Allison last week after service (we have had a book give away for 3 weeks) and she mentioned Lovepackages.org to me. She has been using your services for a while. I am TICKLED PINK for the opportunity to put Bibles and Christian books and literature in ‘ Hungry Hands’….as you say! THANK YOU for the opportunity!

  92. Are you still taking used bibles? I live in Alabama and can ship to Decatur.

  93. I have both Catholic and Protestant bibles and books…are both accepted?

  94. Do you have a place near Chicago, Ill?

  95. Hi, under who’s name should I send the Bible’s , I’m thinking of sending them to Illinois

  96. Is a person made aware when you receive a package?

  97. I live in Youngstown, Ohio. Is there a drop off place around here? I think I have 5 Bibles or so. Print is too small for me these days, lol. There’s an ESV study Bible, EsV womens study Bible and a Thompson chain reference Bible plus a couple others.

  98. Do you have a drop-off point near Ft Worth, TX ? Where is the closest drop spot to Granbury, TX?

  99. Do you take Bibles that are missing a few pages?

  100. We are available to be a drop off. Rockford United Methodist Church, 159 Maple, Rockford MI. 49341. 616 866 9515

  101. Good day!
    Do you also give the Bibles away? I am looking for NIV 1984 big print because i have difficulty reading my old one with small prints. Thank you.

  102. If there is no drop off location in my area, I would love to become one. I have a Christian book and gift store in Titusville, FL.

  103. We have many Christian books both soft and hard back, and would like to donate them for free

    Where is the closest drop off station , we are located in Dallas ,Texas

  104. Are you still working during the pandemic? If so, do you have a drop off in Michigan?

  105. Are there any drop off points in Massachusetts?

  106. Would it be cost prohibitive to use UPS media mail services to ship to you 4 Bibles and two Christian books? Could you give me a rough example of shipping costs? Thanks Dpm

  107. Do you accept used Spanish bibles?

  108. Do you still partner with Bartlett Hills Baptist Church in Bartlett, Tennessee? I have about a dozen or so Bibles I would like to donate. Each Bible is in excellent condition and some are in the original box.

  109. How do I become a drop-off point?

  110. I have Bbles and translation materials for you. Can you use CHRISTIAN DVDs also?
    When can I drop them off at 220 Union St Butler, IL?
    Txs

  111. I can’t tell the location of the closet drop off point to Kansas City from the map. Can you provide location and contact?