Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Cell Phones For Soldiers

The Library celebrates one of its ongoing recycling initiatives!

Cell Phones for Soldiers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides communication services to active duty military members and veterans.  

  •  The organization was founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, with only $21. 
  • Through 2011, the Bergquists' efforts have provided more than 168 million minutes of prepaid calling cards to troops
  • Cell Phones for Soldiers has prevented more than 10.5 million cell phones from ending up in landfills.
 Here's how it works:  Cell Phones for Soldiers sells the donated cell phones to their recycling partner, ReCellular, and the money is used to purchase calling cards for our US military to call home.  Approximately 12,000 calling cards are mailed each week to our troops.   

What does this mean for you?  If you recently got a new cell phone, please consider donating* your old one at the Library!   Since Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library joined forces with Cell Phones for Soldiers in March 2010, our customers have donated over 800 phones!  Your generosity has helped connect our overseas troops to their families and helped protect our environment!

*Before donating your cell phone, please make sure your personal information and contacts have been removed!

So, the next time you're in the library, drop your old cell phone in the Cell Phones for Soldiers donation bin located by the elevator on the 1st floor.

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