GUARDIAN ANGELS OF HOME HEALTH, INC. HAS PARTNERED WITH CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS TO PROVIDE TROOPS WITH FREE CALLS HOME
Guardian Angels of Home Health, Inc. and nonprofit Cell Phones For Soldiers Inc. are asking local residents to donate gently-used cellular phones to help troops call home. Although the military landscape is ever changing, as many as 200,000 troops are serving in the United States military overseas around the world. Donating to Cell Phones For Soldiers, residents can provide troops with that precious connection to loved ones back home.
Local residents can donate their phones at:
“We’re proud to show our support for U.S. soldiers, and to contribute to a worthy cause like Cell Phones for Soliders,” says Teresa Popp, Spokesperson for Guardian Angels of Home Health, Inc..
Cell Phones For Soldiers
Robbie and Brittany Bergquist founded the nonprofit in 2004 at the ages of 12 and 13. As a result, they have provided more than 204 million minutes of free talk time to service men and women stationed around the world. Through the calling card program, Minutes That Matter, funds raised from the recycling of cellular phones are used to purchase prepaid international calling cards. On average, Cell Phones For Soldiers distributes 7,500 calling cards each week to bases around the world, as well as care package programs, deployment ceremonies and VA hospitals.
“Each year we have been humbled by the amount of people and organizations like Guardian Angels of Home Health, Inc. 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 then reused. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and responsibly recycled to reclaim materials, including:
- Gold, 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
ABOUT CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS INC.
Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. a national nonprofit is dedicated to serving troops and veterans with free communication services and emergency funding. Robbie and Brittany Bergquist founded Cell Phones For Soldiers in 2004, then 12 and 13 years old. Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided more than 204 million “Minutes That Matter” to deployed troops. Further, since 2012, 400 returning veterans have received “Helping Heroes Home” emergency funds to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. For more information, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest pages.