Friday, November 29, 2013

Recycle Your Cell Phone for Soldiers at the Library!

The Hussey-Mayfield Public Library sent 450+ donated cell phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers this year!!!! That is about 1,125 free hours of talk time for our soldiers- each phone donation warrants 2.5 hours of talk time!

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

  • Since 2004, Cell Phones for Soldiers has provided troops with 192 million minutes of free talk time and distributed more than 2.7 million international calling cards.
  • Since 2004, more than 11 million cell phones have been recycled, reducing the impact on landfills.
  • Thus far in 2013, Cell Phones for Soldiers has distributed more than 11 million minutes of free talk time and more than 185,000 calling cards.
  • In 2012, Cell Phones for Soldiers shared more than 515,000 communication tools with military families, providing 31 million minutes of talk time.

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.   

Donated phones are sent to Michigan-based ReCellular for recycling. For every donated phone valued at just $5, Cell Phones for Soldiers is able to provide two and a half hours of free talk time to deployed 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 1,250 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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