Calling All Old Cell Phones
Recycling your old cell phones can now help soldiers stationed overseas communicate with loved ones back home. Cell Phones For Soldiers sells donated phones to a recycling company, and the proceeds are then used to purchase a one-hour prepaid calling cards for use by service members stationed overseas, including Iraq and Afghanistan.
In 2004 Brittany and Robbie Bergquist, who upon finding out about a soldier in Iraq who was having difficulty paying his cell phone bills, started an organization with $21 of their own money. The organization expanded rapidly, now having raised more than $1 million, and attracted the attention of Senator Malcolm A. Smith.
Smith claims "an hour of free phone time is a precious commodity for those who are serving us overseas. If you have old cell phones sitting around, gathering dust, why not donate them to Cell Phones For Soldiers? I can think of no better or easier way to support the troops." For those interested contact 718-528-4290.