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November 06, 2007

Donate Cell Phones to Help U.S. Troops in Honor of Veterans Day

By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributing Editor

ReCellular (News - Alert) Inc is the world’s foremost collector, reseller and recycler of used wireless phones and accessories. They provide solutions for the collection, reuse and recycling of used personal electronics that generate financial return for their partners, quality products for their customers, funding for charity organizations, and protection of the environment. More than 150,000 troops are serving overseas away from their families. Cell Phones for Soldiers urges consumers to donate cell phones to its Veterans Day drive. Cell Phones for Soldiers has called on all Americans to support these brave men and women by donating their retired cell phones to help their troops call home. Cell Phones for Soldiers hopes to collect over 50,000 cell phones to help keep troops connected with their families. The phones are recycled or resold and proceeds are used to purchase calling cards that are sent to troops overseas. Each donated phone provides an hour of talk time on a calling card for soldiers abroad.


November 11 is Veterans Day. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of the 25 million veterans currently alive, nearly three of every four served during a war or an official period of hostility. About a quarter of the nation's population, approximately 70 million people are potentially eligible for VA benefits and services because they are veterans, family members or survivors of veterans. 

Brittany Bergguist, Cell Phones for Soldiers co-founder said in a press meet that, Veterans Day is a day to honor those who have served the past and protected all the freedoms they enjoy in the present. They are asking Americans to make a small sacrifice of support by donating their unused cell phones, providing families with a much-needed connection to their loved ones overseas.

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 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.

Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist from Norwell, Mass. They stated off with their own money of $21. Since then, the registered 501c3 non-profit organization has raised almost $1 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.

Bob Bergquist, the father of the teens, said in a press release that they have been overwhelmed by the generous support of thousands of Americans who have helped their troops speak with their loved ones. The Bergquist family hopes to raise more than $9 million in the next five years to fund new programs, such as providing video phones and prepaid service to allow soldiers abroad to see their families on a regular basis.

Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet.







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