How Your Business or Organization Can Help Troops and Veterans

Cell Phones For Soldiers is able to help so many troops and veterans because of the vast numbers of drop-off locations throughout the country. Many businesses, community programs and schools have offered to collect cell phones for us, which we recycle in order to buy calling cards for servicemen and women, and to provide emergency grants for veterans in need.

Partnering with a charitable organization can help your business: studies have shown that an overwhelming majority of consumers are more likely to support businesses that give back. Setting up a Cell Phones For Soldiers collection box in your reception area or near your cash register is an easy way to show your support for an important cause, and it provides a convenience for people in your community who want to drop off their phones and mobile devices!

You can establish a drop-off location in your business or organization’s office, or you can set up a collection drive for a more short-term effort or a special event. Make sure you alert your community news agency to let them know what you’re doing!

Collecting cell phones, smart phones, tablets and MP3 players is an easy and rewarding way to say thank you to the men and women who have served our country. To date, Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided more than 300 million minutes of free talk time, and given 3,100 veterans emergency funds for things like eviction prevention or help with cell phone bills. We’ll send you the box(es) you need to collect donations. Visit our set-up page to get started!

Cell Phones For Soldiers is a (501)(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Not Just for Cookouts: Honor Our Military This Memorial Day

Memorial Day conjures up images of backyard barbecues, traffic, beach days, retail sales and the unofficial start of summer. It is certainly a great weekend to hang out with family and friends, and to look forward to the season ahead.

But we should never lose sight of the meaning of this important holiday. The day has its roots in a post-Civil War celebration called Decoration Day, and became an official federal holiday in 1971. It is a time for all of us to honor and remember the men and women who died while serving in the military.

Over the course of our nation’s history, more than 1.3 million men and women have died while serving and protecting American citizens and causes, here and abroad. Memorial Day is a time to thank them for our continued safety and freedom, to grieve their loss and to support the loved ones they have left behind.

Here at Cell Phones For Soldiers, we encourage families and individuals to take some time to observe Memorial Day in any way you can. Here are some suggestions of ways you might participate:

-Find out where and when your local community is celebrating Memorial Day and attend a parade or other events honoring the holiday. Bring your family, friends and patriotic pride!

-Visit a local or regional war memorial to learn more about the people from your community who gave their lives in service.

-Ask your local senior center if there are any veterans who may need help getting to or from Memorial Day ceremonies and volunteer to help if you can.

-Remember that Memorial Day can bring about difficult memories to people who have lost close friends and relatives, as well as those veterans who survived deadly conflicts. If someone you know may be having a hard time, let them know you’re there for them.

-Read a book or watch a film about military history. Some of our service members’ stories are more heroic and inspiring than anything you’ll see in a Hollywood blockbuster!

Finally, you can donate to a cause that supports our military and veterans. Cell Phones For Soldiers keeps our troops connected to their loved ones at home, and our Helping Heroes Home program provides emergency grants to veterans.

We hope you enjoy the unofficial start to summer 2017, and that you spend time this weekend honoring those members of the armed forces who gave their lives for us.

Honor Our Troops for National Military Appreciation Month

Here at Cell Phones For Soldiers we—and the people who support us—celebrate the troops every day. But the month of May is special: May is National Military Appreciation Month.

Designated by Congress in 1999, National Military Appreciation Month is a time for all Americans to honor and thank the men and women who volunteer to put their lives on hold, and often risk their lives, to serve our country. We also honor those who have died, giving the ultimate sacrifice. We can’t say “thank you” enough.

There are a number of ways you can participate in National Military Appreciation Month: If you own or manage a business, you can offer military discounts to members of the armed forces and their families, or you can commit to hiring veterans; other citizens can participate by saying thank you to the troops, volunteering at organizations that help service members and veterans, and sending care packages.

Supporting Cell Phones For Soldiers is an easy way to give back! You can help by donating money or recycling a cell phone, smartphone, tablet or MP3 player with us, even if the device is nonworking. We use your donations to buy calling cards for the troops and to help veterans here at home. To date, we’ve given more than 300 million minutes of free talk time, and aided 3,100 veterans with emergency grants. Visit our “Get Involved” page to learn more. Cell Phones For Soldiers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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