November 10, 2015

Brown Athletics to Hold Cell Phones For Soldiers Donation Events

Brown Athletics LogoPROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University athletics, led by the baseball and women’s lacrosse programs, has partnered with the Cell Phones For Soldiers nonprofit and will hold a pair of donation events during the second week of November.

The two programs will be accepting both monetary and cell phone donations at a pair of events. The first will be on Veteran’s Day, Wednesday Nov. 11, outside the Nelson Fitness Center on the campus of Brown University from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The teams will also be posted outside the gates of Brown Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 14 starting at 11 a.m., before the football game between Brown and Dartmouth on Military Appreciation Day. If you are unable to make either event, monetary donations can be made online at with Brown University listed in the company name.

Cell Phones For Soldiers is a national nonprofit serving troops and veterans with free communication services and emergency funding. Founded in 2004, Cell Phones For Soldiers relies on generous cash contributions and donations of cell phones, regardless of condition or carrier, to provide a lifeline for America’s bravest. The cell phones will be cleared of personal data once they arrive at the charity’s recycling partner, but donors are encouraged to factory reset phones before donation.

For every donated phone valued at $5, Cell Phones For Soldiers is able to provide two and a half hours of free talk time to deployed troops.

Since 2004, more than 11.7 million phones have been recycled or repurposed. Approximately half of the phones processed are reconditioned and reused. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and responsibly recycled to reclaim materials, including:

  • Gold, silver and platinum from circuit boards
  • Copper wiring from phone chargers
  • Nickel, iron, cadmium and lead from battery packs

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Cell Phones For Soldiers Inc. is a national nonprofit dedicated to serving troops and veterans with free communication services and emergency funding. Founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided more than 216 million “Minutes That Matter” to servicemen and women. Since 2012, “Helping Heroes Home” has provided emergency funds for more than 2,800 veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. For more information, visit, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest pages.

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