Donated Cell Phones Yield Prepaid Cards For Soldiers
Sometimes all it takes to make a difference are a couple of determined teenagers. In April 2004, thirteen year old Brittany Bergquist and her twelve year old brother Robbie, heard a news story about a soldier in Iraq who had run up a huge phone bill calling home. They decided that something needed to be done. These two young kids started Cell Phones for Soldiers with their piggy bank money and snack money from friends at school, with the goal of helping soldiers overseas call home.
Brittany and Robbie’s goal is to provide as many soldiers as possible with prepaid calling cards for now, with an ultimate goal of providing banks of satellite phones, video phones and VOIP communications. Through generous donations and the recycling of used cell phones from drop-off sites across the country, they have already distributed thousands of calling cards to soldiers in Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. Over 1.5 million phone minutes have been sent to soldiers.
For a list of drop-off sites visit http://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/locateDropoff.asp
For additional information on Cell Phones for Soldiers, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com