Without the nationwide support of businesses and organizations, we could not assist the number of troops and veterans that we do.
Boston, MA (PRWEB) August 28, 2014
Cell Phones For Soldiers was born when two children decided to help one soldier pay off his more than $8,000 cellphone bill.
Ten years later, Cell Phones For Soldiers is still thriving due to the thousands of volunteers, businesses and civic groups that support its mission to provide a lifeline for America’s bravest.
Fueled by donations of gently-used cellphones and monetary contributions, Cell Phones For Soldiers has contributed more than 210 million minutes of talk time to deployed troops and supported 2,500 veterans with emergency funds.
“Without the nationwide support of businesses and organizations, we could not assist the number of troops and veterans that we do,” said Robbie Bergquist, co-founder of Cell Phones For Soldiers. “It is humbling to have so many long-time supporters and new patriots join our fight to provide a lifeline for America’s bravest.”
Thanks to more than 3,400 public cellphone drop-off locations nationwide, the devoted businesses below and many more, Cell Phones For Soldiers is able to connect deployed troops with loved ones and assist transitioning veterans with emergency funds.
- Supporting Cell Phones For Soldiers since 2009, Raising Canes, a franchise located in Lincoln, Nebraska, has raised more than $4,900 and collected phones in three restaurants. Its efforts have provided more than 556,000 minutes of talk time for troops.
- Since 2006, Re/MAX Classic of Farmington Hills, Michigan, has displayed its patriotism by working with the Vietnam Veterans of America post 528, Retired United Auto Workers and their local American Legion to collect more than 17,000 cell phones.
- In honor of Memorial Day, MarBlue, a Florida-based technology accessories company, donated iPad covers, screen protectors and a portion of its web sales of more than $400. The iPad covers accompanied a recent donation from Cell Phones For Soldiers and AT&T to the spinal cord injury unit at the Memphis Veteran Affairs Medical Center.
- In celebration of its 40th anniversary, InTouch Credit Union, headquartered in Plano, Texas, encouraged customers to donate phones and funds to help troops call home. Matching customer donations, InTouch’s efforts resulted in a $4,000 donation. In addition, the credit union will launch a holiday campaign this fall with a matching donation up to $2,500.
To start a Cell Phones For Soldiers cellphone drive or to register a business as an official drop-off location, please visit http://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/drop_off.php.
ABOUT CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS INC
Cell Phones For Soldiers Inc. is a national nonprofit dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans. Founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided more than 210 million “Minutes That Matter” to deployed troops. Since 2012, “Helping Heroes Home” has provided emergency funds for more than 2,500 returning veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. For more information, visit http://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest pages.