From their website: Cell Phones for Soldiers is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing deployed and returning troops cost-free methods to communicate with family while serving in the United States military.
Since 2004, Cell Phones for Soldiers...
- Raised more than $7 million and provided more than 114 million minutes of free talk time
- Mails approximately 12,000 calling cards each week
- Recycled more than 8.3 million cell phones, reducing the impact on landfills
- Anticipates the launch of a new program, Helping Heroes Home, to provide returning troops with 30-days of free phone service following deployment.
- Has remained a family-run, non-profit organization operated almost exclusively by Bob, Gail, Brittany, Robbie and Courtney Bergquist.
Since its inception in 2004, Cell Phones for Soldiers has worked to keep military families connected by providing FREE communication tools to those serving overseas in the United States military. In seven years, the registered 501(c)(3) has provided troops with more than 2 million pre-paid calling cards, equating to 114 million minutes of FREE talk time.Cell Phones for Soldiers hopes to continue its mission to provide troops with FREE calls home through generous monetary contributions and the recycling of used mobile phones. Used mobile phones from all service providers are accepted. Each $5 contribution, or donated device valued at $5, will provide troops with 2.5 hours of FREE talk time.
Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist of Norwell, Mass., at the ages of 12 and 13(!!). The organization has raised more than $7 million in donations and collected more than 8.3 million cellular devices.
Do you have an old cell phone, or two, or three sitting around your house? Or maybe Santa is bringing you a new mobile phone for Christmas? Instead of letting those old phones languish in that overfilled junk drawer, please consider visiting the Cell Phones for Soldiers website to print your free shipping label and donate your old phone.