2008-06-20 / Community

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.

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