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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Cell Phones for Soldiers: How it Works

Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by two teenagers, Robbie and Brittany Berquist of Norwell Massachusetts. They started the non-profit with $21 and grew in 2008 to 3,000 collection sites around the United States and raised more than 12-million minutes for soldiers.  Now the program has over 40,000 registered drop sites and Roy Robinson is proud to be among them.

When cell phones are received at drop-off points they are shipped directly to Cell Phones for Soldiers. From there ReCellular receives the cell phones and pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for the phones. Each cell phone raises enough money for an hour of talk time, which is sent overseas as a calling car for soldiers to use. To register a Cell Phones for Soldiers drop-off point visit their website and fill out the getting started form.

Before dropping your phone off in our showroom you want to ensure it doesn't contain any personal information. For instructions on erasing data from your phone visit the ReCellular website for their free cell phone data eraser. Just enter the model of phone you own and the tool will give you directions for erasing the data. If you are looking for a drop-off point you can search by area code or come into our dealership and we will drop it in the box for you. If you don't have a cell phone and want to contribute to a great cause, Cell Phones for Soldiers also accepts donations.

If you know a soldier who needs Cell Phones for Soldiers support, enter their information in the Help Us Find a Soldier form and they will do their best to locate the soldier and help him/her call home. Also, prepaid cell phones can be requested for active military personnel or veterans. Cell Phones for Soldiers is a great organization that contributes to a great cause. I have a few cell phones at home that I have already contributed and I encourage everyone else to contribute as well. After all, I can only talk on one phone at a time.
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