Monday, May 26, 2008

Cell Phones For Soldiers

In honor of Memorial Day I wanted to share an organization started by two children; it helps troops in Iraq talk to their families back home. Cell Phones For Soldiers was started by a brother and sister, who were 12 and 13 at the time. Taken from their site...here is what they do:

Cell Phones for Soldiers hopes to turn old cell phones into more than 12 million minutes of prepaid calling cards for U.S. troops stationed overseas in 2008.

To do so, Cell Phones for Soldiers expects to collect 15,000 cell phones each month through a network of more than 3,000 collection sites across the country.
The phones are sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each donated phone – enough to provide an hour of talk time to soldiers abroad.“Americans will replace an estimated 130 million cell phones this year,” says Mike Newman, vice president of ReCellular, “with the majority of phones either discarded or stuffed in a drawer. Most people don’t realize that the small sacrifice of donating their unwanted phones can have a tremendous benefit for a worthy cause like Cell Phones for Soldiers.”Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist from Norwell, Mass., with $21 of their own money. Since then, the registered 501c3 non-profit organization has raised almost $1 million in donations and distributed more than 400,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.

“Cell Phones for Soldiers started as a small way to show our family’s appreciation for the men and women who have sacrificed the day-to-day contact with their own families to serve in the U.S. armed forces,” says the teens’ father, Bob Bergquist. “Over the past few years, we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of others. But, we have also seen the need to support our troops continue to grow as more troops are sent overseas for longer assignments.”Through increased fundraising efforts, the Bergquist family hopes to raise more than $9 million in the next five years to fund new programs, such as providing video phones with prepaid service to allow soldiers abroad to see their families on a regular basis.

So if you have a used cell phone you're getting rid of, think about giving it to them...to help the soldiers talk to their families!

8 comments:

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

I don't know if this cokment will come through cause I can only see half of it...but wanted to say this is such a great cause and so impressive that it was started by tow young people!!!! When I buy a book from Amazon they send a bad with it to mail the phones in. Very cool!!

Doug Bagley said...

What a great idea and a terrific way to honor our current soldiers!

Drowsey Monkey said...

Such a great idea :)

Here, There, Elsewhere... and more said...

Brilliant idea :)

Dawn said...

What an impressive idea... and from a 12 and 13 year old! Amazing.

Jessica said...

Thank you all for your comments! I agree...it is an awesome idea! It is great when something so little helps so many people. :)

Lauren said...

Great idea and I do have an old cell phone I have been holding onto because I didn't know what to do with it. Now I do!

Jessica said...

Lauren,
Yay...I'm glad you held on to your phone! :)