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Help a Soldier to Call Home with your Unused Cell Phones

February 21, 2017

If you are wondering what to do with your old phone, think no further. There’s a worthy cause waiting to repurpose them and give someone deserving the means to communicate. That someone deserving is none other than our brave soldier who leaves behind his family and friends to take upon them the responsibility of protecting our borders and painfully even those of other countries. When they are preparing for battle or perhaps stationed waiting anytime, and every time for the enemy to strike, life can feel weighty and lonely. They yearn to speak to their loved ones, hoping that it won’t be the last time.

Some organisations reach out to these soldiers and empathize with their situation, to give them the strength to live, to fight, and maybe die happily, by enabling the soldiers to call home by providing them with calling cards. 

Help a Soldier to Call Home

How does this Happen?

The organisation relies on generous donors for cash contributions and funds raised by the recycling of used cell phones. So, instead of throwing away your old phone that’s gathering dust, donate it to this noble cause. The proceeds will be used to purchase international calling cards for troops stationed around the world.

 

How does the soldier benefit?

  • The phone becomes an instrument of sanity amidst the soldier’s harsh world of violence, death, destruction and despair
  • Morale is high as he can connect with family and friends and take comfort in their safety.
  • Regular communication will help keep relationships intact. Divorce rates will drop as soldiers engage in longer and more intense conversations with their spouses and loved ones
  • The Military Benefits Deployment Center lists staying in touch with loved ones as a top-five “how to survive deployment strategy.”

  • Figures that underscore the success of such an initiative

  • Since July 2012, Helping Heroes Home has assisted more than 3,800 veterans and their families with emergency funding.
  • Soldiers have engaged in more than 300 million minutes of free talk time.
  • More than 15 million cell phones have been recycled.
  • A contribution supporting soldiers worth $5 will enable 2.5 hours of talk time for America’s bravest men and women.
  • A committed organization can receive an average of 2,500 calling card requests each week and will fulfill each and every one of them.

  • When a soldier returns home, he may need help as he comes back to reality. He may have to cope with physical, emotional, and assimilation challenges.  Some of these may include scouting for a new job, or paying the mortgage or purchase prescription medicines to help fight PTSD. You can contribute to support soldiers with generous donations.
    Selling your old cell phone will also be an effort towards saving the planet, as it will help recycle e-waste and use it towards a fruitful cause.

    Be Charitable

    So be charitable and generous towards our soldiers. Understand their plight. Understand their hearts. Take pride in the knowledge that your old phone will be put to good use by a man who is out there fighting to protect you and me.

    Support the Families of our Military Personnel

    February 6, 2017

    Military families have to deal with a lot of stress. Strong emotions like fear and anger surface when the news of deployment is released to the family. As the day of deployment draws near, they may cope with their myriad tumultuous emotions by withdrawal and detachment so that they feel strong when their loved ones depart for war. At the time of deployment families have to cope with emotions threatening to erupt like a volcanic explosion. Emotions alternate between loneliness, sadness, fear for their service member’s safety, panic, concern over being needed or loved, etc.

    A non-profit organization empathized with the plight of soldiers and their families to collect old mobile phones on a mass scale, recycle them and buy prepaid phone cards for our service men and women. These cards help service men to connect with their families, who feel good and reassured when they listen to the voice of their loved one.

    It’s a no-brainer activity to collect old phones and donate them instead of allowing them to gather dust. Mobile phone charity is a worthy cause as military men, and their families sacrifice their happiness, leave their homes and loved ones to fight and die for you and me.

    How you can Support the families of Military Men

    Support the FamiliesDonate your old phones, which the NGO will recycle, and with the money, purchase calling calls for the military men. When a soldier calls up his family often, relationships are nurtured and strengthened, despite the distance and distressing circumstances. Families keep their loved ones informed of important developments back home. One hears stories of a baby born two months after a soldier leaves for war or a soldier who joins forces just a few months after being married, leaving his young bride at home.
    It has been reported that divorce rates drop as soldiers engage in longer and more intense conversations with their spouses and loved ones. In fact, The Military Benefits Deployment Center lists staying in touch with loved ones as a top-five “how to survive deployment strategy”.

    The NGO also sports a “Helping Heroes Home” initiative, a program designed to provide emergency funds for supporting veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. Some of these hardships may include scouting for a new job, or paying the mortgage or purchase prescription medicines to help fight Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Many service members returning from deployment experience family adjustment issues. Some veterans report shouting with, shoving, or pushing current (or former) partners. Some veterans say that their partner or children are afraid of them. You can contribute to support soldiers and their families with generous donations.

    We’ve Barely Tipped the Iceberg

    There are a plethora of things you can do for military families to let them know you care. Donating your old phone is one the ways you can show your love to the service member or his family. When you’re helping a serviceman, you are helping the family as a whole! Salute their bravery and the bravery of their families!

    Co-Founders, Brittany (26) and Rob (25) Bergquist Honored by Forbes, Inc. with 30 Under 30 Award

    January 7, 2017

    Cell Phones for Soldiers Co-Founders Robbie and Brittany Bergquist were welcomed into the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017 for their efforts to connect military members serving around the globe. Previous winners have included Mark Zuckerberg, Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel, SNL’s Kate McKinnon, Chance the Rapper, and YouTube phenom Michelle Phan. And now Robbie and Brittany Bergquist have been recognized for being one of America’s top young game-changers and entrepreneurs.

    Forbes has been compiling this list since 2012. Their 30 Under 30 community is now 4,000 strong the world over, from the U.S. to Europe to Asia. This year the competition was more extreme than ever before: 15,000+ nominations for just 600 spots. Today, the Forbes 30 Under 30 is harder to get into than Stanford or Harvard.

    Mobile Phone Recycling – Recycle Your Old Cell Phones to Support Our Troops

    December 22, 2016

    It’s almost a no-brainer to collect old mobile phones, when there’s so many of them lying around the house gathering dust. And when the cause is as noble as for troops away from safeguarding your country, the collection takes on an altered meaning altogether. The phone becomes an instrument of sanity amidst the soldier’s harsh world of violence, death, destruction and despair…wondering if he will be able to spend this year’s Christmas with family?

    Fueled by a passion to help

    As the question mark hangs like a dangling sword over one’s head, here are some remarkable stories from founders Robbie and Brittany Berquist. The stories highlight what inspired them to help American soldiers stay in touch with their families using Alexandar Bell’s hugely reincarnated innovation -the mobile.

    “Back in 2004, we heard of a soldier who had accumulated an $8,000 cell phone bill while calling home from abroad. We were taken aback and wanted to make sure he didn’t have to pay that cell phone bill!”

    “There was a soldier who was determined to make a call home to his family. He had been working for 24 hours straight and had a short break in between going back to work. He travelled a great distance and waited in line for 4 hours to make a phone call back home. After the call, it was straight back to work with little to no rest. That kind of commitment to connect with his family was shocking and inspiring. These phone calls mean a lot to families and the call minutes we are providing are critical to them.”

    We have come a long way

    mobile phone recyclingToday we have raised $15 million and helped American soldiers posted overseas to stay in touch with their families free of cost. We have provided provide more than 300 million minutes of free talk time by sending more than 5 million calling cards to servicemen and women and mobile phone recycling of more than 15 million instruments. Each contribution worth $5 enables us to provide 2.5 hours of talk time for America’s bravest men and women.

    Our efforts at recycling mobile phones have helped troops keep track of important developments back home. One hears stories of a baby born two months after a soldier leaves for war or a soldier who joins forces just a few months after being married, leaving his young bride at home. The ability to keep in constant contact will make an enormous difference for the soldier who will almost feel he is back home and not so far away. Every moment of talk time becomes precious and memorable. The phone takes on a veil of a buddy, and you can be an instrument in playing a small role towards it.

    Apart from the feel-good factor, your contribution will help re-cycle e-Waste and put it to good use, as you do your bit towards saving our planet.

    How To Get Rid of Your Unused Cell Phones

    December 2, 2016

    Most Americans tend to get a new cell phone every other year. Usually when their contract expires, they qualify for a low-cost upgrade to a new cell phone model. The old cell phones then get tossed away and find their place in the darkest corners of your drawers – often forgotten. These cell phones are in perfectly good condition and are still – unused. Statistics show that there are millions of cell phones that are tossed aside in this way. Rather than throwing away these phones, it’s a good idea to donate them to charity.

    Some charitable organizations such as Cell Phones For Soldiers accept these unused cell phones and use them to help our soldiers stay connected with their families. Many times our soldiers are stationed across international borders with very little facilities to call back home. Sometimes, it is months before they can call their families back home. Donating your cell phones for this noble cause could be a great way to put your old cell phones to some use. Well, even if partly damaged, these cell phones can be recycled or refurbished to make them as good as new.

    Recycling cell phones

    Unused Cell PhonesRecycling cell phones is a great way to discard old, used and unused cell phones. These recycling companies ensure that they wipe away all the data from the cell phones before recycling or refurbishing them. Phones that are donated are generally sold in bulk to these recycling companies and the money received is used to buy talk time which our troops can use for free. Free calling cards are a great way to help our soldiers connect with their families back home. So, before you simply get rid of your used cell phone by throwing it in the darkest corner – never to be found, consider donating it to charity. It could bring smiles on the faces of many.

    Benefits of recycling or donating
    The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that you discard old phones properly so that it does not contribute to the deterioration of our environment. Mobile phones are electronic wastes that contain toxic elements such as copper, lead, cadmium, and chromium. If they are dumped into garbage incinerators, they emit hazardous substances that can harm the environment. Moreover, if you do not discard your mobile phones properly, you are contributing to the death of wildlife animals too. Mobile phone manufacturers have recycling programs that are geared towards reducing waste. You can also donate it to charitable organizations like Cell Phones For Soldiers. Along with saving the environment and keeping it free from electronic wastes, you will also be lending a helping hand to those who relentlessly work day and night to protect our borders so that our country and our people live in peace. Both the causes are noble in their own ways.

    So, do your part. Contribute your bit to this good cause of serving America’s bravest. Sell old mobile phones or donate them to charitable organizations instead of tossing them into the trash can.