Walker Administration to Collect Cell Phones for Soldiers During Holiday Season
Madison—In honor of the Year of the Veteran, all Wisconsin state government agencies are teaming up again to help our troops call home. Agencies will be collecting for the Cell Phones for Soldiers charity until January 1, 2013.
“Cell Phones for Soldiers is a great way to honor our men and women in service and show our appreciation for all they do for us,” Governor Walker said. “We can all do our part to help our troops stay in touch with their families while they are deployed.”
Many people receive or give new cellular phones during the holiday season. Agencies will be collecting in the coming month so that employees can donate their previously used cell phones. It can be hard for servicemen and women to contact their loved ones regularly when they are deployed. Cell Phones for Soldiers provides servicemen and women with the resources they need to contact their family and friends.
For every donated phone valued over $5, Cell Phones for Soldiers is able to provide two and a half hours of free talk time to deployed troops. Nearly 1,500 gently used cellular phones were collected and donated to the non-profit charity in the spring, which gave troops more than 3,600 hours of free communication with loved ones back home.
The Department of Administration (DOA), AT&T and Kwik Trip, Inc. are partners for the Cell Phones for Soldiers campaign. Siblings Robbie and Brittany Bergquist founded Cell Phones for Soldiers at the ages of 12 and 13 in 2004. The charity has since provided more than 168 million minutes of free talk time to servicemen and women stationed around the world.
November 21, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Cullen Werwie, 608-267-7303