June 21 marked the first day of summer. It’s a time for making memories; for graduation parties, weddings, cookouts, lazy days and family vacations. But for the members of our military who are deployed—and for their families—it can be a bittersweet time, because their absence is felt in those special, memorable moments.
Expert family counselors stress the importance of keeping in touch with the deployed person while they’re away. It maintains a line of contact that keeps them in the loop about what’s going on at home in moments big and small. And for their loved ones, especially their kids, it’s a necessary reinforcement that they’re safe and hard at work.
Here at Cell Phones For Soldiers, we know those minutes matter. That’s why we’re so proud to connect our troops with calling cards to make free calls home during their deployment.
We take your donated cell phones, smartphones, tablets and MP3 players (in any condition) and recycle them for their valuable components, then we use the money from those parts to buy calling cards. We also accept cash donations. Since 2004, we’ve provided more than 300 million minutes of free talk time to deployed troops.
This summer, as you’re celebrating your time in the sun, please remember those who are away from their families. And if you have a mobile device you don’t use anymore, please send it our way! Cell Phones For Soldiers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.