Cell Phones for Soldiers collects used cell phones and recycles them to earn money to pay for prepaid calling cards to be sent to troops.
According to the Cell Phones for Soldiers website, the organization was founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist from Norwell, Mass., with $21 of their own money. The nonprofit organization has since raised almost $2 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.
Locally, one of the drop-off sites for Cell Phones for Soldiers is the Goin’ Postal store, 14562 U.S. 17
Hampstead. For more information, call Goin’ Postal Hampstead at (910) 270-6184.
When donating cell phones, the organization says to keep in mind:
Although prepaid mailing labels are available on the Cell Phones for Soldiers website, you can help the charity even more by applying your own postage.
Minimize weight and save on postage by mailing cell phones only. Batteries, chargers and accessories are not required but gladly accepted.
Cape Fear Lions Club also accepts used cell phones, according to past president Tillie Marchese.
The club collects the cell phones and sends them off to be recycled. With the money received from recycled cell phones, the club gives a scholarship to a needy handicapped student at Cape Fear Community College and pays for items needed by visually impaired people, Marchese said.
Cell phones can be dropped in the collection box the club has for eyeglasses and hearing aids near the main entrance to the New Hanover County Senior Resource Center at 2222 S. College Road, Wilmington [Map this]. For more information, contact Marchese at (910) 763-4403.
The club also collects used printer cartridges for recycling. Eyeglasses and hearing aids collected by the club are sent to third-world countries due to U.S. health regulations.
Cape Fear Lions Club members meet on the first and third Mondays of the month at 6:15 p.m. at McAlister’s Deli, 740 S. College Road, Wilmington [Map this].
Date posted: August 10, 2011
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