Happy Father’s Day To Our Military Dads

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.

This Memorial Day, Pay Tribute to the Fallen

Since our country’s earliest days, brave men and women have given their lives to protect America’s safety and values. The ultimate sacrifice is so named because it is the greatest possible example of service over self.

On Memorial Day, we recognize and remember those people and their loss, and we offer comfort to the loved ones they have left behind. Although for many people, Memorial Day is a day off and the unofficial start of summer, for others, it is a solemn day of mourning and remembrance.

Here at Cell Phones For Soldiers, our mission is to help active-duty troops and veterans, and you can get involved with our cause by donating funds or recycling your old cell phones, smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. If you’d like to get involved, you can learn more here.

But Memorial Day is not about the living. It’s not necessarily a day to say “thank you for your service” to men and women in uniform or veterans; in fact, it may be painful for some who survived combat while their close friends and members of their company or unit did not.

There are many ways to honor Memorial Day that respect our fallen men and women and their families, as well as pay tribute to their ultimate sacrifice on our beloved country’s behalf:

Attend Memorial Day services in your community. Cities, counties and states honor local and regional heroes who have given their lives in service with parades, White Cross ceremonies, moments of silence and days of community service.

Fly your American flag. On Memorial Day, flags are lowered to half-staff.

Visit a national cemetery or local memorial and reflect on the service of the fallen.

Learn the stories of your community’s heroes; often, public libraries and historical societies will contain records about local men and women who lost their lives in battle. Share stories about their heroism with your family to build a deeper understanding of your community’s contributions to American history.

Reach out. Your friends and family members who have served in the military may approach Memorial Day with mixed feelings, including sadness or anger. Let them know they have your support.

We hope everyone reading this has a peaceful and reflective Memorial Day.

A Salute To Military Moms

“Hi, Mom.”

Those two words can precede almost anything: a simple question, a heartfelt memory, a worry, a joke, a problem to solve, or just a simple check-in.

Moms are a universal go-to resource in so many circumstances, whether their kids are 5 or 50: a call to Mom can bring comfort just when their kids need it the most. That’s why, this Mother’s Day, we’re proud to celebrate our mission of keeping our military Moms connected with their children and spouses during deployments.

Through our Minutes That Matter program, Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided more than 300 million minutes of free talk time to our troops so those “Hi, Mom” calls can be placed from any corner of the earth.

The generous donations of old cell phones and mobile devices, as well as funds, have enabled moms in uniform to catch up with their children at home—bridging the distance until they can be reunited. These free minutes of calling time allow the spouses and partners of our troops to feel connected, and they help the proud mothers of military servicemen and women stay in touch during stressful times.

Whether you’re a mom in the military, raising kids with a service member, or you’ve raised a son or daughter to become one of our nation’s bravest, we salute you. “Military Mom” is a label that comes with strength, courage, sacrifice, and pride.

If you’d like to support military mothers with free communication, you can donate to Cell Phones For Soldiers by sending in your old cell phones and mobile devices, or by donating money. Donate today to give a “Hi, Mom” conversation to a family dedicated to serving our country.

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

Help Our Troops, Help Our Earth

Earth Day 2018 is almost here, and it’s one of our favorite holidays.

At Cell Phones For Soldiers, our mission is to help our troops and veterans. So, you might ask: What does our organization have to do with Earth Day?

Quite a bit, actually!

When you send your old cell phone, smartphone, tablet or MP3 player to be recycled by Cell Phones For Soldiers, you’re keeping harmful materials from the landfill, and helping to protect our environment.

Cell phones are necessities to so many people around the world, and they’re manufactured with materials, including rare earth metals, that are valuable when they’re recycled safely—that’s how Cell Phones For Soldiers converts your donated electronics into money for veterans’ assistance and free calling cards for the troops.

But when people improperly dispose of cell phones and their batteries by throwing them into the trash, components like cadmium, lead and PCBs can end up leaching into the environment, harming water supplies and threatening ecosystems.

Some of the old cell phones and other mobile devices we receive contain plastic. And when it comes to plastic pollution, statistics are shocking: Most of the over 80 billion tons of plastic ever manufactured still exists—it’s nearly impossible to break down; experts say that if nothing changes, by 2050, there will be more plastic in the world’s oceans than fish. That’s just 32 years away.

If you want to do your part to help the environment on Earth Day, recycle your old cell phones or mobile devices by sending them to Cell Phones For Soldiers. You’ll be helping our troops and veterans, as well as working to preserve our precious Earth.

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

Celebrate the Month of the Military Child by Keeping Kids Connected

Support the FamiliesApril is the Month of the Military Child, a great time to reflect on the sacrifices kids make when one of their parents is deployed.

Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, more than 2 million American children have had a parent deploy; about half of them have experienced two or more deployments. During some of the most significant changes in a child’s life, military parents have missed milestones—in order to keep our country safe.

First words and baby steps; first days of school and graduations; proms and homecomings and heartbreaks; sports triumphs, science fairs, bedtime stories and driver’s tests—these and so many other big and little moments are fundamental to a child’s development. And yet, so many brave kids spend these moments without one of the most important people in their lives.

They are some of our most resilient kids, too! Military families move, on average, 10 times more than civilian families, meaning they might be in a new school every two to three years.

All of this takes its toll.

Military children, even the youngest, are at greater risk for behavioral challenges than civilian kids, and the added stress of worrying about their deployed parent can be emotionally exhausting. Moving so frequently may have an academic impact on kids, and cause feelings of isolation. Still, many military kids grow up to serve our country. Recent studies have shown that vast numbers of recruits in all branches of the American military have a close family member who served.

We know that staying in frequent touch with deployed service members can help put kids (and parents) at ease. At Cell Phones For Soldiers, we have a mission to keep families connected through our Minutes That Matter program. We have provided more than 300 million minutes of free talk time to the troops, thanks to the generosity of our donors.

You can help military children stay in touch with their deployed parents in two ways: Donate money to Cell Phones For Soldiers, or recycle your old cell phone, smartphone, tablet or MP3 player by sending it to us. Your donations send them a message: We support not just the troops serving our country, but their families as well.

Springtime is the Right Time to Donate Your Old Cell Phones

mobile phone recyclingDepending on where you live, it may not look anything like spring outside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start your spring cleaning!

It’s a great time to donate your old clothes to charity, give unused toys to kids’ organizations and find new purposes for things you haven’t used in a while. But what do you do with those old cell phones in your junk drawer or attic?

With Cell Phones For Soldiers, you can donate used cell phones and mobile devices—regardless of their condition, working or not—to help our troops and veterans! Through our Minutes That Matter program, we recycle those devices for their valuable components and use that income to provide free talk time to deployed troops so they can stay connected with home. Our Helping Heroes Home program helps veterans in need with grants for things like communication services and eviction avoidance.

Simply letting those old cell phones collect dust takes up space in your home. Throwing them in the trash is harmful to the environment. So, donate your old cell phones to Cell Phones For Soldiers and give them new life to help our nation’s bravest men and women!

To donate, find a drop-off site near you or print your own shipping label at home to mail your phones or devices in. We accept new and used, working and nonworking, cell phones, smartphones, tablets and MP3 players.

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

Shop on Amazon and Support the Troops

Now through March 31, new AmazonSmile customers can triple their impact and support Cell Phones For Soldiers with their first AmazonSmile purchase., the world’s largest online retailer, donates a portion of customers’ purchases to selected charities and causes when they shop through the AmazonSmile program—at no extra cost to the customer.

How it works

Simply use this link to sign into your Amazon account with your regular login information, and select Cell Phones For Soldiers from the list of organizations. From there, you can access all of Amazon—whether you purchase a television or toilet paper, you’ll contribute to our mission of helping deployed American troops stay connected with their families, and helping veterans make it through financial troubles.

For the rest of March, first-time AmazonSmile shoppers supporting Cell Phones For Soldiers will see 1.5% of their eligible purchase prices donated to help our troops and veterans. Return customers’ purchases will send .5% of their spending to our organization, without spending a penny more.

AmazonSmile customers have contributed $70 million to worthy causes just by shopping online. Amazon Prime customers can access their regular Prime discounts when they shop through AmazonSmile.

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

This Valentine’s Day, Help Share the Love

Help a Soldier to Call HomeHolidays can feel challenging for the spouses and partners of deployed service members. Surrounded by images of togetherness and joy, while you’re worrying about your loved one who’s serving far away, may conjure some conflicting feelings of loneliness and anxiety.

Valentine’s Day can be especially challenging, because you’re inundated with commercials and social media posts celebrating relationships, while the person you love most is far away. It can be isolating and stressful to reflect on their absence or their service in a dangerous combat area.

At Cell Phones For Soldiers, we understand the importance of keeping loved ones connected during deployment, which is why our Minutes That Matter program has given over 300 million minutes of free talk time to the troops.

We know that our military families are strong. Military wives, husbands, girlfriends and boyfriends understand that their partner is serving a cause bigger than them, and they are resilient in ways that we admire every day! But it’s OK to acknowledge the challenges of deployment on relationships: the worry about your loved one’s safety; the anxiety of gaps in communication during missions, black-outs and weather emergencies; and the sheer amount of work that goes into running a household without your “other half.”

So if you want to ignore holidays like Valentine’s Day, or wait to celebrate them when your spouse or partner returns home safety, that’s totally understandable. Or, if you want to turn Valentine’s Day into a different kind of celebration, you can do that, too. You are not alone.

Our mission is to keep military families connected. If you have an old cell phone, smart phone, tablet or MP3 player, you can donate it to Cell Phones For Soldiers—we use the income from recycling to purchase talk time for the troops. If you’d like to request a free calling card for your loved one who is serving, please fill out the form on our website to get started!

Cell Phones For Soldiers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Founded in 2004, we have given more than 300 million minutes of free talk time to our troops through our Minutes That Matter program; and helped more than 3,000 veterans through our Helping Heroes Home program.

Show Solidarity With The Troops By Donating An Old Cell Phone

Show your Solidarity with US Troops

You will be amazed at the huge impact even a small donation can make. If you want to show your solidarity with our troops as well as support our veterans, consider donating your old mobile phone to Cell Phones For Soldiers.

We provide our brave men and women with free talk time so that they can call their loved ones back at home. Instead of selling your old phones, you can instead donate them to us, and we will recycle or sell them and use the proceeds to help our troops stay in touch—for free. It’s truly heartbreaking to realize that some of our soldiers cannot hear the voices of their friends and families back home because of the high costs of long-distance calls. You can provide our troops with the precious gift of connecting to their loved ones.

Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded in 2004 and has provided more than 300 million minutes of talk time to men and women serving around the world. But we don’t only help active-duty troops. We support our veterans by providing an emergency fund service—a much-needed solution to the many financial challenges plaguing veterans.

Did you know that veterans make up roughly 13% of the homeless population in the US? What’s more, over 7.6 percent of our veterans are jobless. We as a society need to do more to support our veterans as they return to civilian life. If you are interested in helping out, you can support Cell Phones For Soldiers.

Helping Heroes Home has assisted over 3,000 veterans and their families since 2012. Through this program, Cell Phones For Soldiers grants one-time emergency aids to veterans who need financial assistance as they transition to civilian life—whether they require some help in making rent this month, repairing their car, or avoiding an eviction notice. The program also assists veterans in overcoming difficulties and hardships they face when they return to the civilian life, including assimilation problems and traumas caused by war. You can choose to donate a phone or donate money to this cause. Every little bit helps, and your generosity is always appreciated. Cell Phones For Soldiers can recycle all models, makes and conditions of mobile phones and smartphones, even if they are cracked or malfunctioning.

Convert Your Old Cell Phone into Free Talk Time for Our Troops

old mobile phones for charityThere are many ways to show your support for our troops, and one of these is by converting your old or unused cell phone to provide free talk time for servicemen and women who are deployed abroad.

This form of mobile phone recycling is a wonderful and practical way to make your old phone useful. Cell Phones For Soldiers gives back to men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting our beloved country. Since 2004, we have given hundreds of millions of minutes of free talk time to deployed troops so they can call home while serving abroad.

By donating to Cell Phones For Soldiers, you are providing a lifeline to the troops who are fighting for America and the world. Recycle your mobile phone today if you want to give a powerful and simple gift that can make a huge difference. Your donation is tax-deductible, too. And as long as you choose to donate to Cell Phones For Soldiers, you can donate any make and model of mobile phone, regardless of its condition. We also accept tablets and MP3 players. 

Our phone-card program, Minutes That Matter, provides free international calling cards to troops to stay in touch with their loved ones. We have also recycled more than 15 million devices, keeping dangerous electronic waste out of landfills, where they could harm environmental and human health.


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