Wooster, October 2013 – Community Action Wayne/Medina (CAW/M) and nonprofit Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. are asking Wayne and Medina County residents to help troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones. Although the military landscape is ever changing, as many as 290,000 troops are serving in the U.S. military overseas around the world. By donating to Cell Phones for Soldiers, Wayne and Medina County residents can provide troops with that precious connection to loved ones back home.
Beginning today, residents can donate their phones at CAW/M locations, including:
“We are honored to lend our support to Cell Phones for Soldiers. Our service members sacrifice so much to ensure our security and liberty. Contributing to this organization is one way to show our troops how much we appreciate all that they do.” – John Mollohan, Community Action Wayne/Medina
Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded in 2004 by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist at the ages of 12 and 13. The charity has since provided 181 million minutes of free talk time to servicemen and women stationed around the world. Funds raised from the recycling of cellular phones are used to purchase prepaid international calling cards. On average, Cell Phones for Soldiers distributes 12,000 calling cards each week to bases around the world, care package programs, deployment ceremonies and VA hospitals.
“Each year we have been humbled by the amount of people and organizations like CAW/M that take the initiative to support our troops,” said co-founder Brittany Bergquist. “The communication gap between those serving and their families is a crucial need that Cell Phones for Soldiers is committed to addressing for years to come.”
Donated phones are sent to Mindful eCycling for recycling. For every donated phone valued at $5, Cell Phones for Soldiers is able to provide two and a half hours of free talk time to deployed troops.
Approximately half of the phones Mindful eCycling processes are reconditioned and reused. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and responsibly recycled to reclaim materials, including: