4 Great Reasons to Support Cell Phones For Soldiers

We’re proud of the work we do here at Cell Phones For Soldiers to support our troops and help veterans in need. Since 2004, we have worked to make a difference in the lives of the brave men and women who serve (and have served) our country in uniform.

And we couldn’t do it without our donors.

Thousands of people and organizations have helped Cell Phones For Soldiers help others, by donating old cell phones and other mobile devices and raising money for our cause. Donors understand the meaningful work we’ve done for the last 14 years, and we’d like to share some of the reasons you should give to Cell Phones For Soldiers to help us continue our mission.

  1. We help our troops stay connected with their loved ones.

Though international calling is less of a hassle than it was when we first started, many deployed troops find that having a personal phone is impossible during a tour, either because of cost or security reasons. Our Minutes That Matter program has given more than 350 million minutes (and counting!) on calling cards to deployed men and women so they can call home. Maintaining connections with home during a deployment is critical to morale and to reassuring families at home.

  1. We recognize the challenges our veterans face.

The transition to civilian life can be mentally, physically and emotionally stressful, and veterans are unemployed at a higher rate than nonveterans. Sometimes that means they can’t meet financial obligations—utility bills, rent, communication costs—and need a little boost. Our Helping Heroes Home program has provided one-time grants to more than 3,000 veterans. We believe that our veterans are owed a lifetime of support for their work protecting our country.

  1. We’re green!

Our name is a bit of a misnomer. Instead of giving recycled cell phones, smartphones, tablets and other devices directly to military servicemen and women, we recycle them for their valuable parts that can be sold and reused. This serves a number of environmentally friendly purposes: it keeps electronic waste from landfills, where harmful materials can cause damage to human health and fragile ecosystems; recycling plastic helps us do our part to keep non-biodegradable material out of our oceans; and recycling the rare earth metals used in electronic devices reduces the need for mining.

To date, we have recycled more than 15 MILLION mobile devices!

  1. It’s easy to give.

You can contribute to Cell Phones For Soldiers by donating money directly and securely through our website, or by sending us your old cell phones and mobile devices. You can either print off a shipping label here and send in your recycled items or find one of thousands of drop-off sites by doing a location search.

Cell Phones For Soldiers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and we rely on your tax-deductible donations to help us help our country’s bravest men and women. Even a small donation makes a difference—give today!

Upgrading Cell Phones for the New School Year? Recycle Your Old Devices to Help Our Heroes

It’s hard to believe that retailers are already announcing back-to-school sales, because it feels as if summer just started!

But as you’re getting ready to send your kids back to school or off to college, you may be preparing to take advantage of those sales and upgrade your mobile devices: cell phones, smartphones, and tablets. When you do, please recycle your old electronics with Cell Phones For Soldiers!

Recycling your old cell phones, smartphones, tablets and other devices with Cell Phones For Soldiers helps our troops stay connected with their loved ones while they’re deployed, and helps veterans with one-time emergency funds to handle difficulties in transitioning to civilian life. We take donated devices and recycle them for their valuable components, then use that income to provide free calling cards for our troops, or grants for veterans. To date, generous donations have allowed us to give more than 300 million minutes of completely free talk time and have helped more than 3,100 veterans.

Recycling your cell phone with us also serves another wonderful purpose: it keeps electronics out of the landfill, where they can have harmful effects on human and wildlife health, as well as cause damage to fragile ecosystems. Never put your old cell phones in the trash! Instead, recycle them with Cell Phones For Soldiers and help our country’s heroes in the process.

To donate cell phones, smartphones, tablets and digital music players to Cell Phones For Soldiers, either find a drop-off location near you, or mail your devices.

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

This Fourth of July, Celebrate Freedom

The Fourth of July brings about images and fond memories of fireworks and parades, of family and friends celebrating, beach vacations and backyard barbecues. It is a wonderful day to be an American, and to honor the great things that make our country home.

Historically, we observe the ratification on July 4, 1776 of the Declaration of Independence, signaling the establishment of the United States of America and freedom from British rule, and setting forth foundational values for our country that have lasted centuries: “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

In the 242 years since, millions of Americans have fought at home and abroad to ensure the survival of those values, and the rights laid out in our Constitution. Our military and the men and women serving in its branches have enabled the United States to develop and preserve those rights.

Of course, freedom for all Americans did not come with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Our country has seen, in movements toward equality among races, socioeconomic classes and genders, and in battles against tyranny across the globe, Americans’ active desire for independence, over and over again. Our pursuit of independence is a unique and beautiful part of what makes the Fourth of July much more than an historic remembrance. Freedom isn’t a one-time fight.

So, as you celebrate the Fourth of July, we hope you will reflect on the concept of freedom, and the men and women who work tirelessly to preserve it for all Americans. There are 1.3 million Americans in uniform stationed around the world. Hundreds of thousands of them are deployed internationally, while we celebrate at home.

Please take a moment today to feel grateful for the service of our military and our veterans.

At Cell Phones For Soldiers, we honor those brave men and women every day by helping them stay connected with their families and loved ones. We also help veterans with one-time grants to meet the challenges of returning to civilian life. If you would like to donate to our cause, either by sending in your old cell phone or mobile device to be recycled, or by donating cash, you can do so here.

Thank you, and have a Happy Fourth of July!

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