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Tax-Deductible Donation Easy As One-Two-Three

It’s that in-between week, the week with packages and pretty paper and gifts and Santa Claus behind us. And champagne and crazy hats and the big crystal ball dropping in Times Square in front of us.

Yep, it’s that week that’s bookended by loads of fun. Sometimes those in-between days can get a little boring, though. You can only eat so much leftover turkey, only watch so many obscure college bowl games between equally obscure teams.

So we’re often left wandering the house looking for things to keep us entertained until the last night of the year. And often, it’s the notion of that final chapter of the year that sends us scurrying for the tax paperwork. Once the clock strikes midnight, there’s no reprieve from the tax man.Tax deductible donation to veteran nonprofit organization

But between now and then there’s plenty you can do, like making a tax-deductible donation to Cell Phones For Soldiers.

It’s simple as 1-2-3. Really, it is.

1. Click on this link: https://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/get-involved/donate-funds/ and make your donation.

2. Sit back and wait for your donation receipt to arrive in your in-box.

3. Smile!

Yep. That’s it. You’ve got all the information that the tax man will need on April 15 for a good, honest legitimate deduction.

Actually you’ll find out you’ve got much more. You’ll have that really good feeling you get when you’ve done a good deed.

Imagine being thousands of miles away from home defending your country in a war zone with no way of keeping in touch with your loved ones. Imagine being a military spouse with three children and not having a way to check on your significant other.

That’s what it’s like being deployed. But because of your donation, a donation that will actually save you money in the long run, that awful feeling of loneliness will be erased for many, many servicemen.

It’s a pretty cool way to end the year.

The Smallest Donation Will Have Huge Impact

Thanks to you, Cell Phones For Soldiers has assisted more than three million troops and more than 2,800 veterans over the course of 11 years. The thank-you letters, emails and phone calls we receive from appreciative military members and their families are because of your tremendous efforts to support troops.

This holiday season when you want to give a gift that honors someone you love and that changes lives for the better give from the heart.

Your military monetary donation to Cell Phones For Soldiers in honor of someone you love can bring a much-needed phoneLance Cpl. Tyler Higgason, a rifleman with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, holds his daughter, Abbigail, and is embraced by his wife, Kayla, at a homecoming event aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Sept. 26, 2013. The company returned from a deployment to Marine Rotational Force Darwin, Australia. While on the deployment, Lima company partook in a number of training exercises with the Australian Defence Force and 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit like Exercise Talisman Saber 2013 and Exercise Koolendong. The remainder of the battalion is in Okinawa, Japan as part of the Unit Deployment Program. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew Callahan) call to a child from their deployed military parent. It can pay a car-repair bill so a veteran can get to work. Donate to support veterans and perhaps help keep one in their home with a rent or mortgage payment in the nick of time.

It doesn’t take a huge donation to make a huge difference:

·       $10 = 5 hours of talk time which means a deployed service member can talk to his kids on Christmas Eve and his mom and dad on New Year’s Day.

·       $25 = 12.5 hours of talk time for troops which guarantees a service member to keep up with what’s happening at school with his kids or tell his wife goodnight.

·       $50 = one cell phone with one month of service to give a veteran the opportunity to look for a job.

·       $100 = new eye glasses for a veteran who is struggling to make ends meet.

·       $250 = a veteran’s car repair bill so he can drive to work and hold down a much-need job in the holiday season.

·       $500 = assist with paying the rent or mortgage for a veteran and help avoid eviction during the holidays.

Be sure that any gift you make, no matter how small or how large will go a long way toward making life so much better for our veterans and active members of the military.

 

December 9, 2015

Holiday Season Increases Need For Calls With Family

It was Christmas, 1968. Well, maybe not Christmas Day. Probably not even Christmas Eve. But it was right there close to the holiday.

The Vietnam war was still raging and my older brother was shipping in-and-out of Vietnam waters as a Navy seaman. We hadn’t seen him in three years. Our only lifeline with him was the telephone. One of those old, bulky, heavy black ones with the rotary dial.

Holiday Season Veterans CallOn this holiday season night my mom and I sat and watched that phone. We were due one of the calls we got every three or four months from him. We knew he was back in port at Okinawa. It was the night he said he would call in his last letter. And we waited. And waited.

Finally, late into the evening, the phone jingled. It was him. Four or five minutes later it was over. We had tried to jam all of the catching up and holiday cheer into just a very few minutes. It would be another two or three months before we talked again.

Mom and I rehashed that conversation again and again. She held on to every word.

I remember asking her why we didn’t talk with my brother more often. It was, it seems, very, very expensive to take a collect call from Okinawa in 1968. We were poor and a $40 or $50 phone call more than two or three times a year was out of the question.

It was a situation that left my Mom in tears often, not knowing what was going on with her middle son a world away, unable to hear his voice, to know he was OK.

Fast forward 45 years or so. The technology has changed. Our phones fit in our pockets and don’t weigh five pounds. We can instantly connect via the web to anyone around the world.

But the emotions remain the same. The sound of a voice from a loved one brings comfort and reassurance that the web can’t.

Just like on that winter night in 1968, telephones are the lifelines to the sons and daughters and mothers and fathers that are serving our country a world away. But Cell Phones For Soldiers has made it all so much easier. Since 2004, their Minutes That Matter program has been on a mission to support troops and help them call home at no charge.

Because of so many generous supporters donating money and gently used cellphones for recycling, that mission has been successful with 216 million minutes of free talk time for servicemen and women over the past 11 years. Who could have dreamed that it could be so easy to donate to support veterans and active-duty military members?

Over this holiday season imagine how difficult it would be to be away from your child, your husband or your wife; think about how important a phone call would be to them. Then reach out to Cell Phones For Soldiers and make an online military monetary donation or let them recycle your unwanted cellphone. It’ll make you feel better. More importantly it will provide a lifeline for our troops and veterans.

I know it would have made my mom, my brother and I feel like we’d received a gift of a lifetime in 1968.

Make a difference in the lives of military members now at: https://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/get-involved/donate-funds/.

(This blog is courtesy of Mike Smith, veteran journalist and public relations professional. He lives in Bristol, TN, with his wife Aleeta.)

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