Updated On: Oct 25, 2008 (21:08:00) PRINT/SAVE Article
Cell Phones for Soldiers
As the holiday season fast approaches and with the economy dominating the headlines, we at Randolph Firefighters L1268 would like to take the time to remind the many locals of our US troops still serving overseas. We would like to thank those who have supported our involvement with the registered non profit charity Cell Phones for Soldiers.
Cell Phones for Soldiers was established in 2004 by a then twelve and thirteen year old brother and sister from Norwell, MA. The goal is to provide a means for service men and women to call their families from overseas at no cost. The mission is to collect and recycle unwanted cell phones, chargers and accessories and use the proceeds to purchase pre paid calling cards for our military personnel.
The recycling industry estimates Americans replace 130 million cell phones annually. Cell Phones for Soldiers estimates its program will have donated over 12 million minutes in calling cards for our troops this year alone.
Randolph Firefighters L1268 is extremely proud to have shipped 2800 cell phones worth over $14,000 in calling cards since Veterans Day weekend 2005. We would greatly appreciate any further donations to help reach our goal of 3000 cell phones by years end. We accept any make or model cell phone, cell phone battery, pager, charger, PDA or accessory in any condition as well as ink jet cartridges for this incredibly simple and successful cause.
Though these can be the most trying of times, thank you for supporting our troops during what can be the most difficult time of year for our soldiers and their families
Patrick Connors, Randolph Firefighters L1268