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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 your Solidarity with US Troops by Donating an Old Cellphone

Show your Solidarity with US Troops

You will be amazed at the huge impact even seemingly small donations can make. If you want to show your solidarity with our US troops as well as support our veterans, consider donating your old mobile phone to a cell phone charity. Get in touch with Cell Phones for Soldiers, which provides 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 this charity, which will recycle or sell them and use the proceeds to help our soldiers 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. By donating to this cell phone charity, 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 this charity doesn’t only help active-duty soldiers. It also finds ways to 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 truly need to come up with charities that can support our soldiers as they return to civilian life. If you are interested in helping out, you can support Cell Phones for Soldiers.

This charity has a program called, “Helping Heroes Home,” and it 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 veteran soldiers in overcoming difficulties and hardships they face when they return to the US, including assimilation problems and traumas caused by war. You can choose to donate a phone or donate money to this cause. Every little thing 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 cracked or malfunctioning.

Convert Your Old Cell Phone into Free Talk Time for US Troops in Battle

old mobile phones for charityThere are many ways to show your support to US troops, and one of these is by converting your old cell phone to provide free talk time for soldiers who are deployed abroad. This form of mobile phone recycling is a wonderful and practical way to make your old phone useful. When you choose to recycle your mobile phone in this manner, be sure to look for a non-profit organization like Cell Phones For Soldiers, which gives back to men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting our beloved country. This way, you can give your old mobile phones for charity and contribute to the organization’s effort in providing millions of minutes of free talk time US troops around the world.

By converting your old cellphone to have free talk time, you are providing a lifeline to the soldiers 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. The organization has provided over 300 million minutes of free talk time to US troops to date.

It doesn’t matter if your cellphone is new or gently used. It can make you a hero to the heroes of our nation, too. Cell Phones For Soldiers will conduct provides mobile phone recycling and the proceeds will fund the charitable programs that will provide free talk to US troops and veterans. You can send donations by mail or UPS, or find a drop-off point if you want to avoid shipping costs.

Minutes That Matter is one of the programs of Cell Phones For Soldiers. Through this program, the charity can provide free international calling cards to US troops to stay in touch with their loved ones. Old mobile phones for charity can help fund this program. It has been around since 2004, and donations have helped provide over five million calling cards to troops. The charity has also recycled of over 15 million cellphones that would have otherwise gone to the landfill. Every contribution that is worth $5 enables Cell Phones For Soldiers to provide 2.5 hours of talk time to servicemen and women. You may donate tablets and old smartphones, too. If you do not have a cellphone to donate, you can consider donating funds instead via money order or check, or via PayPal.

Recycle Your Mobile Phones for Charity

What if you could recycle old cell phones and donate old mobile phones for charity? Would you be willing to support a noble cause such as a veteran’s charity?

Hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of military members—along with veterans and service men and women—live and serve the country at home and across the globe. Miles away from their families, these dedicated soldiers risk their life and sanity as they fight for the peace and protection of our homeland. Constant communication and connection with their families back at home is extremely important to their mental and emotional health. Through charities like Cell Phones for Soldiers, it is possible to send support for our troops in the form of talk time between soldiers and their families. By donating to Cell Phones for Soldiers, you can be part of a veteran’s charity that provides support for veteran service men and women, their families, and active-service military men and women who need assistance in contacting their loved ones while they are deployed in faraway locations.

You can donate old mobile phones for charity through Cell Phones for Soldiers’ Minutes that Matter program. This particular charity drive has a simple mission—and that is to help troops deployed across the globe call home and reconnect with their beloved families at no charge. Since 2004, Cell Phones for Soldiers has been encouraging Americans to recycle old cell phones and donate them for charity. Their program helps more service men and women stay in touch with their loved ones as they endure the hardships of deployment.

Since the program’s inception, this veteran’s charity has been able to provide at least 300 million free talk time minutes to soldiers by sending them calling cards so they can call home at absolutely no charge. They have recycled over 15 million cell phones throughout the course of the Minutes that Matter program, the proceeds of which are used to create lifelines between soldiers and their families through free call cards distributed through the program.

By making a decision to donate old mobile phones for charity, you get the chance to provide our nation’s heroes the chance to reconnect with their families and loved ones without having to worry about a huge phone bill awaiting their return. When you recycle old cell phones, you help a good cause while being able to dispose of old and unused mobile phones properly.

5 Ways to Support Our Soldiers

Memorial Day isn’t the only day in the year to help our veterans and soldiers. In fact, everyone—at any time—can support soldiers and unsung heroes by doing seemingly small but impactful actions. There are numerous organizations and charities whose mission is to provide support and assistance to deployed soldiers as well as veterans who are serving or have served the country by risking their lives and safety out in battle. If you are looking for ways to support heroes in your own capacity, here are five simple yet relevant and rewarding things you can do to show appreciation for their service:

  • Extending a friendly hand to military family by inviting them over for meals/bringing them dinner, or including them in your holiday celebrations – This simple act of support can be a huge encouragement not only to servicemen but also to their families, who go through unimaginable emotional extremes as they think about the safety and welfare of their loved one in service. You can also do this for families who have lost a loved one because of war or veterans who’ve been rendered disabled in their service.

 

  • Donating to the USO – The United States’ United Service Organization has been one of the longest-running organizations whose programs aim to uplift service personnel through fun activities. Every now and then, they organize live concerts for soldiers who are deployed halfway across the globe.

 

  • Contributing to or sending care packages – Deployed service men miss the most basic comforts of home. To support soldiers, you can “adopt” one and send them care packages containing toiletries, snacks, and all other basic comforts they tend to miss when they are out in the field. There are numerous programs or charities through which you can send care packages to support heroes.

 

  • Donating to a cellphone charity – One of the most notable cellphone charities today is Cell Phones for Soldiers, which is a unique program that allows you to provide a lifeline between wartime heroes and their families. Through Cell Phones for Soldiers, you can donate discarded phone units. The cellphone charity will then use the proceeds to provide calling cards to soldiers so they can reconnect with their families back at home. Communication is something that is vital to the mental and emotional health of soldiers in the field—and a phone call can mean the world to them.

 

  • Supporting survivors of the fallen – There are also organizations that provide support for loved ones of fallen heroes following their death. Donating to these kinds of charities is a great way to support soldiers’ families in their greatest need.

 

Reading “I Love You” is Great. Hearing it is Better.

It’s hard to miss the joy that the holiday season brings. Christmas songs play 24/7 on some radio stations, decorations shine from homes and businesses, and your Facebook feed is filled with beautiful family photos of everyone in their holiday best.

But when you belong to a military family, sometimes the holidays mean the sharp pangs of missing a dad, mom, spouse or child who is deployed far away; who may be working in a dangerous part of the world.

For members of those families, communication is critical: Being able to talk to your loved one during the stress of deployment is important no matter the time of year, but when everyone around you is wrapped up in togetherness and holiday fun, the necessity is even greater. And we believe that a phone call is more than just a phone call during this time of year.

Exchanging instant messages and emails during deployment is great: family members can communicate quickly and on their own time. We love that modern technology allows for digital communication all over the world! But sometimes, we just need to hear one another’s voice. Despite the modern conveniences of written communication, experts say phone calls are better in personal relationships: there are fewer mixed messages, more opportunities to express complex emotion and better attention paid to what’s being said.

Our mission at Cell Phones For Soldiers is to help keep connections between service members and their loved ones as strong as possible. If you are missing the sound of your loved one’s voice, you can request a free calling card so they can call home by sending us some simple contact information.

And if you would like to help us continue our mission of keeping our troops connected to their families and friends at home, you can donate money or send us your old mobile devices to be recycled. Learn more about supporting Cell Phones For Soldiers here.

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.

Celebrate Today with Gratitude

With fewer than one percent of Americans serving in the military, it might be easy to feel disconnected from the troops on duty y across the world. You may not have an immediate or extended family member in uniform, or a neighbor who is deployed.

But they are there, working 24/7—representing our countrsometimes in the world’s most treacherous places—keeping us and our allies across the planet safe from harm, even if we don’t know them personally.

This Thanksgiving and every day, we should thank those men and women, and their families, for the sacrifices they make in service to our country and its cherished ideals of freedom, democracy, opportunity and peace.

We thank those who are patrolling dangerous territory, performing critical surveillance, or staffing ships instead of sitting down today for a family dinner and football games.

We thank those who are spending their first holidays away from their loved ones, and those who have missed lots of occasions over the years.

We thank the children of our troops, for being incredibly brave while mom or dad is serving far away.

We thank the spouses and partners of our troops, for holding down the fort.

We thank the parents of our troops, who raised their children with the honor and integrity it takes to volunteer to serve.

To those servicemen and women who have suffered injuries obvious and hidden, we say thank you, and affirm our commitment to your healing.

To our veterans, we say thank you for your service. You are owed a lifetime of support and care.

To the civilians working in various roles, public and private, to help our troops and veterans, we say thank you.

And to the loved ones and friends of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country, we know that “thank you” isn’t enough. The holidays can be particularly painful, and you are always in our hearts.

Our nation of 325 million is safe and free because of the work of a small fraction of its people. As we celebrate today, we should remember all those who serve and have served.

We wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

 

Challenge Your Friends to Support Troops and Veterans This #GivingTuesday!

This #GivingTuesday, we’re excited to challenge our supporters and friends to support Cell Phones For Soldiers and help our troops and veterans for the holidays!

It’s simple: Donate $5 or a used cell phone, smartphone, tablet or MP3 player on #GivingTuesday, November 28. Then tag five friends (and us!) on Facebook and challenge them to do the same.

#GivingTuesday is an annual tradition that serves as a philanthropic boost during the hectic holiday season. It’s an opportunity to pause during the mall runs and frantic online shopping to give back. And it raises a tremendous amount of money for great causes—donors in 98 countries gave more than $170 million in 2016 alone!

At Cell Phones For Soldiers, our mission is twofold: Supporting our troops with free talk time so they can connect with their loved ones while serving far away from home; and helping our veterans transition to civilian life by providing one-time grants to help with bills, address communication needs and even avoid eviction.

Your donation, and your friends’ donations, mean that an Air Force officer deployed thousands of miles away can connect with his wife as she deals with a sudden home emergency.

They mean that a Soldier can call her kids to encourage them to do well in school.

That a Marine can hear his parents’ voices and wish them a Merry Christmas.

That a veteran, who has served our country bravely, can sleep easy knowing she’s covered a bill that was causing her unneeded stress.

You can donate money through our website, and find a local drop-off site to donate a phone, or print a shipping label to mail in a device—however you choose to give, we thank you!

We are so honored to provide help to the men and women who serve and protect our country, and so grateful for your support in our mission! Happy #GivingTuesday!

Land of the Free, Because of the Brave: A Veterans Day Message

veterans dayJust like that other special occasion in November, Veterans Day is a day of extraordinary gratitude in the United States. Today, we honor all veterans, past and present, for their service and sacrifice, and we affirm our commitment to never forget their work to protect and defend our nation. We are so thankful.

There are plenty of opportunities to take action in support of veterans in your community and beyond, today and every day. Here are some ideas:

Find an event, bring your kids!

Today, join crowds at your local Veterans Day parade or ceremony to show your support. Bring your children and talk to them about the importance of service, both in the military and outside it.

Volunteer

Check with your local veterans’ services organization to see whether they need help with special events, regular duties or other work. There may be a veteran in your community who needs help with yard work or household chores, transportation to appointments, or simply some friendly company from time to time. Go where the need is.

Share the stories of our oldest veterans

Sixteen million Americans served in World War II. While the nation lost 400,000 troops during the four years of WWII, millions returned home to reenergize a war-fatigued nation. They built homes, started businesses, became parents and continued to serve. Many of them reenlisted to fight in Korea when the time came. Today, there are just about 550,000 left from WWII and 2 million from Korea, and we lose more every day. If you have a WWII or Korean War veteran in your life, and they are comfortable telling their story, ask them to share it with you. Keep their stories alive by recording them and sharing them with the next generation.

Advocate

Write or call your local, state and federal representatives to ask them to increase and protect funding for veterans’ services, including for medical and mental health care that will help heal our nation’s bravest from the physical and psychological effects of war.

Hire

If you own or manage a business, implement a veteran-friendly hiring policy and offer to train veterans in your field. Military service requires leadership, reliability, teamwork and discipline, all traits that make great workers in any industry. Too many veterans leave the military without good employment prospects, which can make the transition to civilian life even more difficult.

Give

Veterans Day is a perfect opportunity to make a charitable contribution to an organization that supports veterans. Here at Cell Phones For Soldiers, our program Helping Heroes Home provides emergency grants for veterans to help with things like eviction avoidance, internet service, home repairs and more. We’ve given aid to more than 3,100 veterans, and aim to help more, with your support. Learn about Helping Heroes Home and donate today.

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

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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