We’ve all seen those reunion videos. The ones from school assemblies, games, or church celebrations, where the son or daughter of a serviceman doesn’t know that Dad is in the audience, or behind the umpire’s mask, or in the Santa suit.
The raw emotion in those precious moments stirs our hearts and brings tears to our eyes. We can almost feel what the military kid is feeling: Dad is home, Dad is safe.
There are more than 500,000 kids in America with a deployed parent. With men outnumbering women in active duty, that’s a lot of fathers who are spending time away from their families, missing big moments in their kids’ lives and waiting for those happy, heartwarming reunions—whether they’re caught on camera or not. Some of our troops even become fathers for the first time when they’re overseas, missing the births of their kids in order to protect our country.
And it’s a lot of fathers who won’t spend this Father’s Day weekend with their families.
It’s important—for our troops and for their families at home—to be able to check in during deployments. A phone call can catch them up with milestones big and small: a baby’s first steps, a great report card, a teen’s new driver’s license. Military spouses and kids can get reassurance that Dad is working hard and doing well, and they can talk about the realities and challenges of deployment that only these brave families truly understand.
At Cell Phones For Soldiers, our mission is to keep our military families in touch, with free calling cards they can use anywhere on the planet. We also help veterans through our Helping Heroes Home program, with one-time grants to help with everything from communication needs to emergency rent payment.
This Father’s Day, we ask that you support our mission, to help keep military families connected, and help veterans adjust to the challenges of civilian life.
You can help Cell Phones For Soldiers in two easy ways: by donating an old cell phone, smartphone or mobile device (used or new, working or not!), or by making a cash donation.
We are wishing a Happy Father’s Day to all our military and veteran fathers!
Cell Phones For Soldiers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.