Cell Phones For Soldiers
Cell Phones for Soldiers
Cell Phones for Soldiers was established in 2004, by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, who at the time were only 12 and 13, after hearing of a soldier returning home to an $8,000 phone bill. They began gathering gently used cell phones and monetary donations. Within a few months they had raised and distributed $100,000 in calling cards. Cell Phones for Soldiers quickly gained media attention and raised more money and awareness for the cause. By the middle of 2013, Cell Phones for Soldiers recycled 11 million cell phones, reducing the impact on landfills. To date, more that 300 million minutes, 5 million calling cards, and more that 15 million cell phones have been donated thanks to this non-profit organization and the everyone who has contributed.
On January 7th, 2017 Co-founders of Cell Phone for Soldiers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist were welcomed to Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017, and were recognized as one of America’s top young game-changers and entrepreneurs.
Cell Phones for Soldiers Mission Statement is to provide free communication services and emergency funding to troops and veterans. Cell Phones for Soldiers accepts new, used, broken or cracked smartphones and cell phones or a monetary donation to go towards calling cards for military members. Each $5 contribution or donated device valued at $5 will provide troops with an estimated 2.5 hours of FREE talk time.
There are two programs offered through Cell Phones for Soldiers; Minutes that Matter and Helping Heroes Home. Minutes that Matter, provides free international calling cards to military members so they may connect with loved ones. Helping Heroes Home provides one-time emergency grants to aid returning veterans in need and to make the transition into everyday life.
Cell Phones For Soldiers depends on generous cash contributions and donations of gently-used cell phones to provide a lifeline and support system for America’s bravest. If you would like to find out more information about this organization and how you can become involved please click HERE.