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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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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.

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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86 comments

  1. Avatar

    Is there a drop-off location near Butler Pa
    6-8 Bibles and a fewbooks ready to give

    1. LovePackages

      Not yet, but if you would like to become one we will add you to the map! 😉

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    Do you have a drop off place near Durham, NC

    1. LovePackages

      We do not (yet). Due to the number of inquiries, we’ve embedded our locations map at the bottom of this post so you can find the closest place!

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    What if there are notes and comments written in bible

    1. LovePackages

      Not a problem!

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    I sent a bible & a concordance which you should’ve gotten. I didn’t think to put a note inside but hope they are helpful. 😊

    1. LovePackages

      Absolutely! Pastors overseas hardly dare to dream of owning a bible AND reference material. Thank you so much!

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    Is there a place in Houston, TX where I could drop off unused Bibles.

    1. LovePackages

      The closest place would be Hawkins. Call Jim Bieroth at 469-855-1262.

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    Denise M Reifsnyder

    Do you have a drop off place near Lancaster, Pennsylvanio

    1. LovePackages

      Not yet! We need some partners on the east coast yet. Do you know a local church or ministry group that would be able to help?

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    Drop off near Nashville TN??

    1. LovePackages

      Call Fred Berry at 615-881-3207.

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    Is there a drop off box in the Houston TX area?

    1. LovePackages

      Closest one looks like Holly Brook Baptist Church. Call Jim at 469-855-1262.

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    Hello! I have several Bibles & books to donate, all in good condition; but in some, a few pages have come loose from the binding. Are these still accepted? And what about Bibles with names engraved on the front? Thank you.

    1. LovePackages

      Yes! Feel free to send us bibles in any condition. We sort through everything, so if something is too damaged we will either have it repaired or respectfully retired.

      And bibles with names on the front are 100% welcome!

      More about used/damaged bibles here – https://lovepackages.org/how-to-properly-dispose-of-old-bibles/

      Thanks!

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    Do you want devotional material, like Daily Bread?
    How about Christian fiction?
    Pamphlets/tracks?

    1. LovePackages

      Hi Betsy!

      Devotional material – Yes!
      Christian fiction – No
      Pamphlets/tracks – Yes!

      There’s a complete list here: https://lovepackages.org/needed-materials/

      Thanks!

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    Hi I have a bible study group I think would be in in donating a few bibles. Are you guys still accepting them?

    1. LovePackages

      Hi Vivian. Yes! We are ALWAYS accepting bibles and other literature.

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    I have some foreign language Bibles, are you looking for those?

    1. LovePackages

      Absolutely! We sort all the foreign language bibles to make sure each one gets to the right place!

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    Any drop off near Washington, DC?

    1. LovePackages

      Hi Stephen. I think our closest drop-off is Chester in Maryland. You can email him at mdbikerforchrist@yahoo.com.

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    Our church closed a few years back and there are still close to 50 to 75 Bible’s, maybe more in the building. I would love to donate them but the cost of shipping would probably be quite costly.
    I’m on Long Island. Is there a drop off somewhere near me?

    1. LovePackages

      Hi Teresa! Unfortunately not. We do keep the map updated as new drop-off locations become available, but right now it looks like Chester (in Maryland) is the closest to you. You can email him at mdbikerforchrist@yahoo.com.

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    JORGE Luis AVELLANEDA

    Do y’all take Spanish bibles also?

    1. LovePackages

      Yes we do! We keep all non-English material sorted separately so we can make sure it gets on a container going to the right place.

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    Hi, my name is Pastor Joseph. I live in South Africa Cape Town. I am a minister of the gospel. I notice that most of the people I preach to them don,t have a bible and each time I preach and teach the word of God to them they ask me to give them a bible. Sir I would be grateful if you can send me some bibles to give out . The people in South Africa like to read the word of God. I thank you for your kind consideration.
    I,m looking forward to hear from you soon. Be blessed. Amen.

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    How can Canadians send their used Bibles?

    1. LovePackages

      Your best option is probably mail. You can ship them to us at 220 Union St – Butler, IL 62015.

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    I have some bibles i would like to donate but I don’t see anywhere in Indiana to drop them off. I’ll be heading to Tennessee in a few weeks and could possibly drop them off. It looks like there are several site, but no matter where I click, it brings up the same sight. Can you tell me the locations in Tennessee? Thanks

    1. LovePackages

      Thanks, Mary! You should be able to use the plus sign in the bottom left corner of the map to zoom in. If you click on any of the pins you will get details. Tennessee locations:

      Mount Juliet, TN
      Crossville, TN
      Pulaski, TN

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    I have a few bibles to donate and I just found your website. Please let me know if the Butler, IL address shown above is still current. Thank you!

    1. LovePackages

      It is! We keep the map up-to-date and the Butler address is our main warehouse!

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    Martin's Pond Union Baptist

    We have some Bibles that we would love to see in use. Are you still accepting donations?

    1. LovePackages

      Until the Lord returns! 🙂

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    Hi! Can I donate Spanish Bibles?

    1. LovePackages

      Yes please! We separate all non-English literature into their various languages so we can make sure they get to where they will be useful.

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    We have many bibles and Christian study materials to donate. Please contact us to let us know how we can get to who would want these.

    1. LovePackages

      If you can get them to us, we can get them to people who want them! Our two mailing addresses are listed in the post, above. You can also find a drop-off location nearest you on the map and contact them to arrange for a drop-off.

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    Do you have a drop off box in Chicago IL?

    1. LovePackages

      We have friends in the northwest suburbs. You can contact Pastor Adam at H2O Church in Carpentersville at (224) 325-4834.

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    Is there a drop off point near Dayton, Ohio?

    1. LovePackages

      Looks like the closest one to you is in Lebanon. You can call Wayne Thomas at 513-932-7535. If you’re interested in STARTING a drop-off point near Dayton, we posted some details on how to do that here – https://lovepackages.org/how-to-become-a-bible-donation-center/ 😉

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    How can Bibles in English be used overseas?

    1. LovePackages

      Not everyone can use English bibles, but nations like Nigeria and Ghana have taught English in their schools for many years. In India, 25% of their population of 1.4 Billion people speak and read English. You can read hundreds of testimonies of how God uses English bibles on our Testimonies page – https://lovepackages.org/category/testimonials/

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        Thank you for that info. I have several Bibles to share with others.

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    Is there a drop off center in New Hampshire?! There are Bibles being thrown into dumpsters!

    1. LovePackages

      Hi Rebecca. We don’t have anyone in New Hampshire yet. Closest to you is Perry Hall Family Worship Center in MD. You can contact Chester at mdbikerforChrist@yahoo.com.

      If you would like to BE the drop off center in New Hampshire, you can get some details here – https://lovepackages.org/how-to-become-a-bible-donation-center/ 😉

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    We have a large collection of Christian material at a location here in Warner Robins,GA. We take in clothes and items
    That will be distributed to Applachian area. We currently have no location to get these books to. Is there. Drop off point or truck that comes thru this area that could pick them up.
    Thank you
    Appalachian Ministries
    Warner Robins,GA.

    Contact
    mackherrington@gmail.com

    1. LovePackages

      Hi Mack. Thanks for getting in touch. We don’t currently have a pick-up route, but it looks like Ben Cook in Marietta, GA, is closest to you. You can give him a call at 770-435-5120.

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        Looks like this number is not in service any longer. Tried to get in touch today.

        1. LovePackages

          217-532-6701? It’s in service as far as we know. We’ll send you an email. Sorry for the mix up!

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    Is there a drop off in Honolulu, Hawaii?

    1. LovePackages

      Nothing out on the islands, sorry. 🙁

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    Can you use old “Magnificat”, “Give Us This Day” and “The Word Among Us”?

    1. LovePackages

      Hi Loretta. Thanks for asking. We do not take Catholic materials except for Catholic Bibles.

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    Is there any drop off locations near Knoxville,TN

    1. LovePackages

      Looks like the closest is our friend Kirk Casey in Crossville. You can reach him at 931-484-1858.

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    Is there a drop off point for the Houston, Texas area? I am a little surprised that the radio station KSBJ, 89.3 isnt already involved in this activity.

    1. LovePackages

      Our only drop-off in Texas, so far, is Holly Brook Baptist Church, east of Dallas. You can call Jim Bieroth at 469-855-1262. And we’d love it if you wanted to ask the station about being a drop-off center! If you want some brochures or newsletters to share with them, use our Contact form and we’ll send you some!

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    Hi,

    1) I live in Massachusetts. Which address should I send to? Do you have a preference?

    1. LovePackages

      The Alabama location, if it’s all the same to you. They don’t have quite as much incoming as the Butler, Illinois, location. Thanks!

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    Is there a drop off in or near Murfreesboro, TN

    1. LovePackages

      Looks like the closest might be Fred Berry in Mount Juliet. – 615-881-3207

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    i could be a drop off place

    1. LovePackages

      Thanks, Wanda. We’ll be in touch.

    2. LovePackages

      Hi Wanda. We’ve tried to email you, but the email address you gave keeps rejecting us. 🙁 Can you send us an email at info@lovepackags.org? We’ll send you the info you need!

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    Hello are you still accepting old Bibles and older and newer Christian books?

    1. LovePackages

      Until Jesus comes back. 🙂

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    Do you take bibles in different languages? I have some in Swedish and Norwegian, and I rather not just throw them out.

    1. LovePackages

      We do! We sort foreign language bibles to make sure they go to the right distributor.

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    Carmen Gandarillas

    Are you still accepting used Bibles? We would ship them to you.

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    Do you have a drop off either in the Dallas Texas or Oklahoma City Ok area…oreven better somewhere in between?

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    Hello,
    I would love to buy and donate some KJV bibles, may I have a location to drop them off this week please? Thank you! I hope everyone is staying healthy!

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      I live in VA btw 🙂

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    Are you still taking bibles? I have several.

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    Are you able to receive donated bibles and other listed materials during the COVID-19 crisis?

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    Patricia M Arnold

    Do you have a museum of old bibles. I have a leather bible given to the minister of Rockridge Evangelical Brethren church, Oakland, Calif. in 1939. I would love to donate to a museum if there is one. (Not in perfect condition but shows the aging of it)

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    Can you use excellent condition used Bibles with name imprinted on front covers?

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    Is there a drop off near Frederick MD 21703? I have 4+ bibles I’d like to donate.

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    Are you still receiving materials?
    And is there still a pick up in Lebanon ohio?