Cell Phones For Soldiers wouldn’t have been able to provide more than 210 million minutes of free talk time for military members without the support of volunteers from across the United States. Two of those dedicated volunteers are Jennifer and Justin Jones, of Lincoln, Nebraska.
Every year since 2009 the couple has held increasingly successful cell phone drives at each of their three Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers restaurants in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Mrs. Jones—for whom helping others is a life calling and was a nurse in her previous career—saw Cell Phones for Soldiers as a natural fit to give back to Nebraska’s local military heroes when she took on the “Chief Marketing Officer, Fry Cook & Cashier” role for their restaurants.
“Partnering with Cell Phones For Soldiers is life-changing. Keeping our troops connected to family and friends while away is the least we can do.” Says Jones. “Even though it sounds so basic, after talking with the men and women who receive these calling cards and hearing how much it meant , we realized how much of an impact it had on them to hear a loved ones voice on the other end of the phone and we knew it was the least we could do considering the sacrifices they are making for each and everyone of us. ”
Mrs. Jones credits her and her husband’s “wonderful customers” with their increasingly successful phone drives, wherein they’ve been able to collect more than 4,200 phones and provide more than half a million minutes of talk time to service members in the Nebraska National Guard.
Being the daughter and granddaughter of U.S. military men, Jones says, “Supporting our troops is so important and Cell Phones For Soldiers takes something as common as an old cell phone and utilizes this to make a huge impact in the lives of the men and women who protect and serve our country.”
Inspired by her family and community, Mrs. Jones credits them with helping her, as she says, “make the most out of every moment and situation and to appreciate all that we have been given.” Likely they’re inspired by her, too. “Being able to support others in need and give back doesn’t only change their [the recipients’] lives,” she says, “but also your own.”