Virgin Islands Children's Seal Fund
These collector items were started in 1987 and were produced through 1999. All proceeds from the sale of the Christmas Seal stamps still go to the numerous programs for the children and youth of the Virgin Islands. In addition to providing an attractive and informative gift illustrating the natural beauty, rich culture, and unique history of these American Islands in the Caribbean.
In 1904, Denmark issued the world's first charitable Christmas Seals for the benefit of children. Our islands, then known as the Danish West Indies, followed suit with theri own seals, which were issued annually from 1907 through 1916, but were discontinued after the sale of the islands to the United States in 1917. Proceeds from the sale of the seals supported local charities like the Queen Louise Home for Children and a home for elderly women.
In 1987, Danish born, long time St. Croix resident Nina York, came upon the idea of reviving the seals concept to benefit the pressing needs of Virgin Islands children and youth in the fields of education and training, On November 16, 1987, At the Government House in Christiansted, Governor Alexander A. Farrelly, Lt Governor Derek M. Hodge and other dignitaries, the artist and the consultant, plus officials from the U.S. Postal Service, along with Nina York, celebrated the start of this new program to bring hope to the youngsters of the islands.