Keeping Watch Across the World

Support HeroesWe may not see daily updates on military action in the Middle East on the news anymore, but that doesn’t mean our troops aren’t still hard at work across the globe to keep us safe.

According to Visual Capitalist, there are more than 200,000 U.S. troops deployed overseas in 177 countries. Check out the cool infographics on their page to see just how widespread our military truly is.

Of course, deployment in some cases means that military servicemen and women are far from home, and missing events in the lives of their family and friends. That’s where Cell Phones For Soldiers comes in.

When you donate money or your old mobile devices to Cell Phones For Soldiers, you provide hours of free talk time to our troops. Just a $5 donation provides 2 1/2 hours of talk time, a respite from the stress of deployment and an opportunity to connect with the people they love.

For more information on donating cell phones, smartphones or tablets; or on making a cash donation, please visit our donation page. Cell Phones For Soldiers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Recycle Your Device Securely With Cell Phones For Soldiers

donate cell phonesYou might want to donate your old cell phone or mobile device to Cell Phones For Soldiers to help our military connect with their loved ones, but you also want to make sure your personal data is not compromised.

We absolutely understand that, which is why we work with a recycler who follows the same standards for security as the Department of Defense. Our recycling partner is R2:2013 (Responsible Recycling) and NAID AAA certified (National Association for Information Destruction) and follows the DoD standards from wiping hard drives and devices. You can be confident that your data is secure when you donate your old cell phone, smartphone or tablet to Cell Phones For Soldiers.

If you decide you want to erase your data on your own, you can do that as well!  If your phone has a SIM card, please remove it before donating. You can also search the internet for the way to “factory reset” your specific device before you send it.

To learn more about how to donate your device, please read the information on our Ways to Donate page. You can either mail it to us, or find one of thousands of drop-off sites and avoid the shipping costs. Cell Phones For Soldiers is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Spring Cleaning, with a Special Meaning

mobile phone recyclingAh, spring! Finally, after a long winter, we’ve arrived to longer days and a season of renewal… and the time-honored tradition of spring-cleaning.

As you go through your home to refresh your wardrobe, hand down well-loved and dusty toys and books, and toss out unneeded clutter, you may come across a familiar site: cell phones your family no longer uses.

Instead of taking up space in your junk drawer or closet, those cell phones, smartphones—and even tablets—can be turned into something truly valuable: hours of free talk time for members of the military, as well as assistance for veterans, provided by Cell Phones For Soldiers.

When you donate your old mobile devices to Cell Phones For Soldiers, a few important things happen: First, you’re keeping your electronics out of landfills, preventing potentially harmful materials from endangering our environment.

You’re also giving back to those who serve us. Cell Phones For Soldiers recycles your old mobile devices, turning their valuable components into Minutes that Matter, a program that has provided more than 300 million minutes of calling time to our troops. That money also provides emergency assistance to veterans through Helping Heroes Home, a program that has given grants to 3,100 veterans and their families.

So, while you’re sprucing up your home for the spring, donate your old mobile devices to Cell Phones For Soldiers, and help our troops and veterans in the process. To send your devices, or to find a drop-off location near you, visit our donation page. Cell Phones For Soldiers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Donate Five Dollars, Give Minutes That Matter

You can’t get much for $5 these days. You could buy yourself a latte, a bottle of shampoo, or a magazine.

But when you donate just $5 to Cell Phones for Soldiers, you give a member of our military 2 1/2 hours to connect with their family and friends, a respite from the stress of being far from home. More than two hours to hear the voices of the people they love most, to hear about their kids’ days, or laugh with old friends. These are minutes that matter.

Since 2004, Cell Phones for Soldiers has provided over 300 million minutes of free talk time, sending 5 million calling cards to servicemen and women, thanks to the generous support of our donors. Those important connections, those minutes that matter, are primarily funded in two ways:

Recycling old cell phones and other electronics: Cell Phones For Soldiers collects used phones, smartphones, tablets and MP3 players. Devices in gently-used condition are preferred, but even if they are old and nonworking, they contain valuable components that can be used again. That’s value that we use to buy calling cards to send to our servicemen and women.

Cash donations: Don’t have a phone or device to donate? You can still help a member of the military communicate with their loved ones by giving money. Every $5 donation means 2 1/2 hours of priceless talk time!

So even if you’re a year away from that smartphone or cell phone upgrade, you can still support Cell Phones For Soldiers in our mission to help servicemen and women make meaningful connections!

Make a cash donation to Cell Phones For Soldiers. Cell Phones For Soldiers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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