We are so fortunate to have so many incredible schools, companies and individuals helping us collect used or unwanted cell phones. We wanted to share a recent article written for the Forsyth Technical Community College newspaper, on a collection by the ALPHA MU BETA Service Fraternity and their Student Government Association. The students at Forsyth Tech have worked extremely hard on their collection and are very excited that they are helping our troops call home.
CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS
By: Donna Reynolds, President of ALPHA MU BETA Service Fraternity
“OUR MISSION IS TO HELP OUR TROOPS CALL HOME”
Soldiers fighting on the front line are not allowed to carry a cell phone, because cell phones can be used as a tracking device. This leaves many of our troops without a way to reach loved ones back home. The Cell Phones for Soldiers is a recycling program in which cell phones in any condition may be donated. The cell phones are broken down for their parts, and those parts are sold to purchase calling cards for the soldiers.
June 30, 2012 marked the Alpha Mu Beta Cell Phones for Soldiers kick-off! The event was held at the Chick-fil-a on Peters Creek Parkway in Winston Salem. AMB partnered with Cell Phones for Soldiers— a non-profit organization started by two young people who wanted to help those soldiers fighting overseas by assisting our troops in calling home. Chick-fil-a opened its doors to help promote this effort and as a result, 62 phones were donated that day. The Army Recruiting Center located at Hanes Mall donated promotional items to show appreciation for those who donated phones. Throughout the month of July, Alpha Mu Beta continued collecting phones at five Forsyth Tech locations:Main Campus, Northwest Forsyth Center (King),Transportation Center, Grady P. Swisher Center (Kernersville),Mazie S. Woodruff Center.
Joy and pride describe how people felt as they gave to help members of the military serving in other countries. Teresa Murphy, a Forsyth Tech Web Technology student, donated a cell phone and she stated, “I donated a gently used cell phone. I have family that served in the Armed Forces and I know how it felt to him when he would get a phone card to call home. I currently have friends overseas and when I get a phone call from them, I get tears because I know they are ok.”
This start up event was the first for ALPHA MU BETA during the summer session. The AMB goal was to collect a total of 50 cell phones. By July 19, 2012, AMB collected 185 cell phones equaling approximately 27,750 calling minutes or 462.5 hours! Each donated cell phone equals to about 2.5 hours of free talk time for a soldier to call home. Thank you to all who donated cell phones and participated in making this program a great success! AMB exceeded its goal and expectations for this program.