Cell Phones For Soldiers
Godley Park District is your local Cell Phones For Soldiers drop-off location
More than 150,000 troops are serving overseas and are away from their families. The Godley Park District and Cell Phones for Soldiers are calling on all Americans to support for these brave men and women by donating your used cell phones. Cell Phones for Soldiers hopes to collect over 1 Million cell phones this year to help keep troops connected with their families.
"Over the past few years, we have been amazed by the generosity of others. But, we have also seen the need to support our troops continue." says Brittany Bergquist, Cell Phones for Soldiers co-founder. "It is easy for Americans to make a small sacrifice of support by donating their used cell phones, and providing families with a much-needed connection to their loved ones overseas."
Local residents can support the collection drive by donating their unwanted (or gently used) phones and phone accessories at the GPD Community Center.
Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist from Norwell, Mass., with $21 of their own money. Since then, the registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization has raised millions of dollars in donations and distributed millions of prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.
"We are continuously overwhelmed by the enthusiastic support of thousands of Americans who have helped our troops speak with their loved ones," says the teens' father, Bob Bergquist. "However, the need for support keeps growing as more troops are sent to the Middle East or are asked to serve extended tours of duty."
The Godley Park District has been a local drop-off location for cell phones for 2 years and in this time we have collected over 250 phones that have been sent to ReCellular. ReCelluar pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each phone - the money is used to purchase prepaid calling cards which are sent to troops.
Approximately half of the phones ReCellular processes are reconditioned and resold to wholesale companies in over 40 countries around the world. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and recycled to reclaim materials, including:
Gold, silver and platinum from circuit boardsGold, silver and platinum from circuit boards
Copper wiring from phone chargers
Nickel, iron, cadmium and lead from battery packs
Plastic from phone cases and accessories
For more information visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com
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