Cell Phones for Soldiers
Local Event Contact:
Liberty Tax Service
LIBERTY TAX SERVICE IN HALES CORNERS HAS PARTNERED WITH CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS TO PROVIDE TROOPS
WITH FREE CALLS HOME
Hales Corners, WI – Liberty Tax Service and non-profit Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. are asking Hales Corners residents to help troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones. With ongoing deployments to combat areas and elsewhere, as many as 369,000 troops are serving in the U.S. military overseas. By donating gently-used cellular phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers, Hales Corners residents can provide troops with that precious connection to loved ones back home.
Beginning today, residents can donate their phones to the cause at Liberty Tax locations. Liberty Tax of Hales Corners will be holding a Cell Phones for Soldiers Roadside Party and Phone Recycling Event - March 31st from 11am – 2 pm. There will be lots of fun and food and free tax advice. Bring your camera because Lady Liberty will be there with balloons for the kids. There will also be a bounce house and an Army Humvee to checkout.
Siblings Robbie and Brittany Bergquist founded Cell Phones for Soldiers at the ages of 12 and 13. The charity has since provided more than 114 million minutes of free talk time to service men and women stationed around the world. Funds raised from the recycling of cellular phones are used to purchase pre-paid 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 Liberty Tax Service that take the initiative to support our troops,” said co-founder Brittany Bergquist. “We have also watched the communication gap between our armed forces and their loved ones continue to grow as more troops are deployed for their third or fourth tour overseas.”
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.
ABOUT CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS INC.
Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. (CPFS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing deployed and returning troops cost-free methods to communicate with family while serving in the United States military. Based in Norwell, Mass., CPFS was founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old. From the recycling of used mobile phones and cash donations, the organization has raised more than $7 million, collected more than 8.3 million cell phones and provided troops overseas with more than 114 million minutes of free talk time. For more information www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com. Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/JoinCellPhonesforSoldiers.