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November 10, 2015

Brown Athletics to Hold Cell Phones For Soldiers Donation Events

Brown Athletics LogoPROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University athletics, led by the baseball and women’s lacrosse programs, has partnered with the Cell Phones For Soldiers nonprofit and will hold a pair of donation events during the second week of November.

The two programs will be accepting both monetary and cell phone donations at a pair of events. The first will be on Veteran’s Day, Wednesday Nov. 11, outside the Nelson Fitness Center on the campus of Brown University from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The teams will also be posted outside the gates of Brown Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 14 starting at 11 a.m., before the football game between Brown and Dartmouth on Military Appreciation Day. If you are unable to make either event, monetary donations can be made online at cellphonesforsoldiers.com with Brown University listed in the company name.

Cell Phones For Soldiers is a national nonprofit serving troops and veterans with free communication services and emergency funding. Founded in 2004, Cell Phones For Soldiers relies on generous cash contributions and donations of cell phones, regardless of condition or carrier, to provide a lifeline for America’s bravest. The cell phones will be cleared of personal data once they arrive at the charity’s recycling partner, but donors are encouraged to factory reset phones before donation.

For every donated phone valued at $5, Cell Phones For Soldiers is able to provide two and a half hours of free talk time to deployed troops.

Since 2004, more than 11.7 million phones have been recycled or repurposed. Approximately half of the phones processed are reconditioned and reused. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and responsibly recycled to reclaim materials, including:

  • Gold, silver and platinum from circuit boards
  • Copper wiring from phone chargers
  • Nickel, iron, cadmium and lead from battery packs

For more information, please visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

ABOUT CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS INC.
Cell Phones For Soldiers Inc. is a national nonprofit dedicated to serving troops and veterans with free communication services and emergency funding. Founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided more than 216 million “Minutes That Matter” to servicemen and women. Since 2012, “Helping Heroes Home” has provided emergency funds for more than 2,800 veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. For more information, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest pages.

Massachusetts State Lottery and the Boston Celtics Honor Robbie and Brittany Bergquist as Heroes Among Us

Robbie_Brittany 2Cell Phones For Soldiers Co-founders, Robbie and Brittany Bergquist were recently honored by the Boston Celtics with its Heroes Among Us award for their work with military members. Friday, Nov. 6, Brittany and Robbie were honored on center court during the second quarter as the Celtics hosted the Washington Wizards for its Hoops for Troops night.

Since its establishment in 1997 by the Boston Celtics, The Heroes Among Us program has recognized outstanding individuals who have made exceptional and lasting contributions to their communities. The award is presented at every Celtics home game and pays tribute to the heroic achievements of these outstanding citizens.

New this season, and as part of Mass. Lottery’s partnership with this program, each Hero Among Us honoree has the opportunity to donate a pair of Celtics tickets to a charitable organization or cause of their choice. Robbie and Brittany chose to donate their tickets to charity partner the Volunteers of America Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center.

November 9, 2015

Ortt, AT&T, Niagara County Veterans Service Agency partner with Cell Phones For Soldiers to provide troops with free calls home

In honor of Veteran’s Day and to support active military around the world, the community is encouraged to donate unwanted mobile devices to provide calling cards for deployed troops to call home

Robert Ortt, AT&TState Sen. Robert Ortt, AT&T and Niagara County Veterans Service Agency have teamed up with the nonprofit Cell Phones For Soldiers asking the community to help troops call home by donating cellular phones and tablets. Proceeds from the recycled devices are used to buy long-distance calling cards for troops at home and abroad.

Although the military landscape is ever changing, as many as 200,000 troops are serving in the U.S. military overseas. By donating to Cell Phones For Soldiers, local residents and businesses can provide a lifeline for America’s bravest.

Until Dec. 7, on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, area residents and businesses can donate their unwanted cell phones and/or tablets at the following locations:

  • Ortt’s district office: 175 Walnut St., Suite 6, Lockport
  • Hoag Library: 134 S. Main St., Albion
  • Lockport DMV: 111 Main St., Suite G1, Lockport
  • Niagara County Veterans Service Agency: 111 Main St., Suite 200, Lockport
  • Niagara Falls Housing Authority: 744 10th St., Niagara Falls
  • North Tonawanda DMV: 500 Wheatfield St., North Tonawanda
  • Seymour Public Library: 161 East Ave., Brockport
  • All AT&T Stores in WNY, including: 5724 S. Transit Rd., Lockport; 8292 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls, Tonawanda; 1741 Sheridan Drive, Tonawanda; 8200 Transit Road, Amherst; Walden Galleria Mall, 1 Walden Galleria Drive, Second Floor, Cheektowaga; 4900 Transit Road, Depew; and 3505 Amelia Drive, Orchard Park

 

Cell Phones For Soldiers was founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then ages 12 and 13, respectively. The charity has since provided more than 216 million minutes of free talk time to servicemen and women stationed around the world through its calling card program, Minutes That Matter. Funds raised from the recycling of cellular phones are used to purchase prepaid international calling cards. On average, Cell Phones For Soldiers distributes 1,500 calling cards each week to military bases worldwide, and supports care package programs, deployment ceremonies and VA hospitals.

“Each year, we have been humbled by the number of people and organizations like AT&T and New York State Sen. Ortt that take part in this important initiative to support our military members,” Bergquist said. “The communication gap between those serving and their families is a crucial need that Cell Phones For Soldiers is committed to addressing for years to come.”

Ortt said, “As we approach the upcoming holiday, it’s important to remember and honor the men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces who have served and continue to serve our great nation. Cell Phones For Soldiers is one small way we can do that while making a big difference in their lives. I know from personal experience that staying connected to your loved ones while serving in the military helps the day pass, and makes time away from home a little bit easier. I’m privileged to be a part of this initiative in support of our troops to help keep our heroes connected.”

Ortt enlisted in the New York Army National Guard in October 2001 in direct response to the attacks on Sept. 11. He is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, where he served from March 2008 until December of the same year. His mission was to serve as a combat mentor/adviser to the Afghan National Police in Kandahar City in Afghanistan. Ortt’s other responsibilities included ensuring all the logistical needs of the company were met to facilitate operational readiness, coordinating and running all company meetings, and acting as the commander in his absence. He successfully moved $10 million worth of equipment to Afghanistan and back to the U.S.

He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal, the Afghan Campaign Medal and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge in recognition of his service.

“AT&T has a long and proud history of supporting both veterans, active military personnel and their families through various company initiatives and by establishing external partnerships with organizations that provide necessary services, such as Cell Phones For Soldiers,” said Marissa Shorenstein, president of AT&T New York. “We are privileged to partner with Sen. Ortt, Cell Phones For Soldiers and the Niagara County Veterans Service Agency to encourage the community to join us and donate their unused cell phones and tablets to honor and thank all of the brave men and women that protect and serve our country by helping them keep connected with their friends, family and loved ones at home.”

Niagara County Veterans Service Agency Director Nina Cabrera said, “We’re proud to be partnering with Cell Phones For Soldiers, Sen. Ortt and AT&T for this worthy cause. We value the importance of supporting our troops and veterans, and this initiative to keep them connected with family members and loved ones is another way to show that we care. It’s an honor to be able to give back to our military men and women who have sacrificed so much for us.”

For every donated device worth at least $5, Cell Phones For Soldiers is able to provide two-and-a-half hours of free talk time to deployed troops via calling cards.

Since 2004, more than 11.7 million phones have been recycled or repurposed. Approximately half of the phones processed are reconditioned and reused. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and responsibly recycled to reclaim materials, including:

  • Gold, silver and platinum from circuit boards
  • Copper wiring from phone chargers
  • Nickel, iron, cadmium and lead from battery packs

AT&T’s partnership with Cell Phones For Soldiers stems from the company’s longstanding mission to connect members of the nation’s military with their loved ones back home. Over the past two years, AT&T has proudly supported Cell Phones For Soldiers’ “Helping Heroes Home” initiative, a program designed to provide emergency funds for returning veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. Additionally, AT&T and its customers have donated more than $4.6 million and distributed more than 600,000 AT&T prepaid calling cards to service men and women overseas since 2007.

For nearly 100 years, AT&T has remained dedicated to supporting active military personnel, veterans and their families. AT&T is a founding member of the 100,000 Jobs Mission, launched in 2011 with 10 other companies to commit to hiring 100,000 veterans by 2020. The coalition has grown to more than 180 corporate members and has tripled its commitment to hiring at least 300,000 veterans by 2020. In November 2013, AT&T increased its veteran recruiting efforts with the goal of hiring 10,000 veterans and their family members into career opportunities over the next five years. Currently, AT&T has hired more than 7,000 veterans and their family members, and is well on its way of achieving the goal by 2018.

To prepare your mobile phone for donation, here are some tips on how to erase all personal information that may be stored on it to protect your privacy:

  • Remove your phone’s SIM card. Erase your address book, photos, messages and other stored information.
  • Restore the device factory settings on your device. For instructions on how to do this, go to owner’s manual or to the manufacturer’s website.

For more information on Cell Phones For Soldiers, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

– See more at: http://www.wnypapers.com/news/article/current/2015/11/07/122542/ortt-att-niagara-county-veterans-service-agency-partner-with-cell-phones-for-soldiers-to-provide-troops-with-free-calls-home#sthash.RjlQ4fT0.dpuf

November 2, 2015

Puretalk USA has partnered with cellphones for soldiers

PURETALK USA HAS PARTNERED WITH CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS

TO PROVIDE TROOPS WITH FREE CALLS HOME

 

Pure TalkUSA Stacked LogoAtlanta, GA, November 2, 2015 – PureTalk USA is now a Two Star Sponsor of nonprofit Cell Phones For Soldiers, helping troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones. Although the military landscape is ever changing, as many as 200,000 troops are serving in the United States military overseas around the world. By donating to Cell Phones For Soldiers, PureTalk USA is providing a lifeline for America’s bravest.

“We are very proud to help provide communication resources to America’s military members,” said Norman Klugman, COO of PureTalk USA. “It is an honor for us to say ‘thank you’ to the men and women serving our country.”

PureTalk USA is a Veteran-owned company, and its commitment to supporting US soldiers is at the core of the business. With this partnership, our customers can rest assured that returned, devices are recycled in a generous and forward-thinking way.

Cell Phones For Soldiers was founded in 2004 by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist at the ages of 12 and 13. The charity has since provided more than 216 million minutes of free talk time to servicemen and women stationed around the world through its calling card program, Minutes That Matter. Funds raised from the recycling of cellular phones are used to purchase prepaid international calling cards. On average, Cell Phones For Soldiers distributes 1,500 calling cards each week to bases around the world, care package programs, deployment ceremonies and VA hospitals.

“Each year we have been humbled by the amount of people and organizations like PureTalk USA that take the initiative to support our military members,” said co-founder Robbie Bergquist. “The communication gap between those serving and their families is a crucial need that Cell Phones For Soldiers is committed to addressing for years to come.”

For every donated phone valued at $5, Cell Phones For Soldiers is able to provide two and a half hours of free talk time to deployed troops.

Since 2004, more than 11.7 million phones have been recycled or repurposed. Approximately half of the phones processed are reconditioned and reused. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and responsibly recycled to reclaim materials, including:

  • Gold, silver and platinum from circuit boards
  • Copper wiring from phone chargers
  • Nickel, iron, cadmium and lead from battery packs

For more information, please visit www.puretalkusa.com or www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

ABOUT PURETALK USA

PureTalk USA is a nationwide service provider of low cost, no-contract mobile phone service. It operates using the nation’s largest & most reliable GSM wireless network that reaches over 300 million Americans. The company has been in business since 2004 and provides 100% USA-based customer service. To learn more about PureTalk USA, visit www.puretalkusa.com.

ABOUT CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS INC.

Cell Phones For Soldiers Inc. is a national nonprofit dedicated to serving troops and veterans with free communication services and emergency funding. Founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided more than 216 million “Minutes That Matter” to servicemen and women. Since 2012, “Helping Heroes Home” has provided emergency funds for more than 2,800 veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. For more information, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com,

Brittani Watkins

PureTalk USA

(678) 202-0804

[email protected]

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November 30, 2015

Notes of Thanks

 

  • “I am stationed in Afghanistan. The mountains are starting to turn snow covered now and soon snow will be everywhere. I love this program. I have been handing them out to random Soldiers over the past few months. Why? Because I can afford to call home and the junior enlisted light up like crazy when a random SSG stops them and gives them a calling card. I love the look on their faces. One PFC broke down in tears. Those tears she shed made my day. Thank you for giving me a chance to help out my fellow soldiers. Thank you!”-Military Member

 

  • “My husband is currently deployed on a MEU and is only able to use the phone on the ship to call home. He has yet to dock so I have not heard his voice since he has left on deployment because the phone is too expensive to use on the boat. He is currently on a ship so he can only use specific calling cards. It has been months since I have heard my husband’s voice our only communication has been email. Thank you so much for your help!” –Military Spouse

 

  • “I have approximately 40 members that I oversee and these calling cards allow bits of morale that are unprecedented allowing our troops to stay in contact with their loved ones. I have requested cards through this website before and I do so monthly. I Thank you for your magnificent program military support and welcome any questions. During these approaching holidays these cards become increasingly more important and are greatly appreciated. Thank you!”-Military member

 

  • “Hello I am requesting Phone cards for my husband stationed in turkey away from me and our new baby girl for the holidays and the months to follow (until April). His internet is very very poor over there so I am requesting this for him 🙂 We rely primarily on phone cards for any communication.” –Military Spouse
November 25, 2015

Honor Your Heroes and Yourself this #GivingTuesday, December 1

giving-tuesday-2015The research is clear: giving not only benefits recipients, but it boosts:

  • the givers’ health and happiness,
  • promotes social connection and
  • can strengthen entire communities.

And between Thanksgiving and Christmas there’s a day that marks the perfect time to celebrate this spirit of generosity that increases quality of life, for you and those you love.

On this December 1, #GIVINGTUESDAY, a global day dedicated to giving back, you can honor a loved one with a simple, powerful gift of a monetary donation or a gently used cell phone, smart phone or tablet to Cell Phones For Soldiers. And reap all the rewards, from increased health, happiness, sense of well-being, better relations, and the knowledge that your gift is doing the same for American troops and veterans in need.

Your donation on #GivingTuesday is one way to build gratitude in everyday life. According to Barbara Fredrickson, a pioneering happiness researcher, “cultivating gratitude in everyday life is one of the keys to increasing personal happiness.”

From here, it’s easy to see how giving can create a virtuous cycle, spreading from one generous act.

Consider giving yourself, your loved ones and Cell Phones For Soldiers a gift of happiness and health this #Giving Tuesday, December 1 (and get a tax deduction!), in the following ways:

By supporting us on #GivingTuesday, you will assist in providing a lifeline to America’s bravest.

  • A $10 donation= 5 hours of talk time for troops, affording them the opportunity to hear their child’s voice during the holidays.
  • A $25 donation = 12.5 hours of talk time for troops.
  • A $50 donation = one cell phone with one month of service for a veteran, allowing them to find a job or speak to a doctor.
  • A $100 donation= new eye glasses for a veteran. 

 

Make a monetary donation now.

You can also support Cell Phones For Soldiers’ efforts by:

Thank you for your support on #GivingTuesday and all year in providing a lifeline for America’s bravest.

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