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November 25, 2015

Honor Your Heroes and Yourself this #GivingTuesday, December 1

giving-tuesday-2015The research is clear: giving not only benefits recipients, but it boosts:

  • the givers’ health and happiness,
  • promotes social connection and
  • can strengthen entire communities.

And between Thanksgiving and Christmas there’s a day that marks the perfect time to celebrate this spirit of generosity that increases quality of life, for you and those you love.

On this December 1, #GIVINGTUESDAY, a global day dedicated to giving back, you can honor a loved one with a simple, powerful gift of a monetary donation or a gently used cell phone, smart phone or tablet to Cell Phones For Soldiers. And reap all the rewards, from increased health, happiness, sense of well-being, better relations, and the knowledge that your gift is doing the same for American troops and veterans in need.

Your donation on #GivingTuesday is one way to build gratitude in everyday life. According to Barbara Fredrickson, a pioneering happiness researcher, “cultivating gratitude in everyday life is one of the keys to increasing personal happiness.”

From here, it’s easy to see how giving can create a virtuous cycle, spreading from one generous act.

Consider giving yourself, your loved ones and Cell Phones For Soldiers a gift of happiness and health this #Giving Tuesday, December 1 (and get a tax deduction!), in the following ways:

By supporting us on #GivingTuesday, you will assist in providing a lifeline to America’s bravest.

  • A $10 donation= 5 hours of talk time for troops, affording them the opportunity to hear their child’s voice during the holidays.
  • A $25 donation = 12.5 hours of talk time for troops.
  • A $50 donation = one cell phone with one month of service for a veteran, allowing them to find a job or speak to a doctor.
  • A $100 donation= new eye glasses for a veteran. 


Make a monetary donation now.

You can also support Cell Phones For Soldiers’ efforts by:

Thank you for your support on #GivingTuesday and all year in providing a lifeline for America’s bravest.

November 13, 2015

Notes of Thanks

Leaving loved ones for deployment is difficult and unimaginable for many of us. This military spouse reminds us how priceless connecting with family truly is.

“I would just like to write as a wife of a recipient of your program. My husband left for Korea three days after we were married. With exercises and then a deployment (even though it was supposed to be a non-deployable assignment) our communication in the first few months of marriage was depressingly low.

I applied for a calling card and my husband was sent one. It wasn’t a lot of time but it was so appreciated. We are finding programs and apps to help with communication but during those early days, your phone card was such a blessing. Being a military spouse is harder than I ever could have imagined. I am very thankful for programs like yours that help ease the separation and loneliness. Thank you so much!” -Military Wife

Veteran Supporting Fellow Military Members Through The HUB

After completing a stretch in the Navy from 1998 to 2002, Andrew Johnson gravitated towards real estate. His grandfather had been a land developer for many years, and had no problem putting his grandson to work. He learned the business from the bottom up—from putting in sewer and water pipes to lot surveys and road paving. He did it all. And in 2004, he acquired his real estate license.

Over a decade later, Andrew recognizes that he was fortunate to discover his perfect career—a path strengthened in part by what he learned serving in the military. “The Navy helped me to understand a lot about myself—how I needed to operate in order to be successful in both career and life,” he says. “It also helped me to understand the basics of business. Be on time, for starters.”

Through perseverance and attention to detail, Andrew built a very successful real estate career, and in 2010, founded Touchstone Realty—an award-winning company with over 25 employees and a growing list of recognitions and achievements. “Starting Touchstone Realty is what really moved me forward,” he affirms. “I was able to learn how to get the best out of people—which in turn, produced the best out of me.”

Such a realization inevitably led to a new endeavor for Andrew—The HUB—a collaborative workspace concept in Martinsburg, WV, that provides professionals of every type an opportunity to engage in their own success while enjoying the freedom to network, explore ideas, and unwind in a shared environment.

The HUB is an innovative effort, so it should come as no surprise that Andrew is looking to market it through innovative channels. And with his latest promotional effort, he hopes to draw attention to both The HUB as well as Cell Phones For Soldiers.

“The military is very important to me; I know and understand what it’s like to be out in the middle of the world without any way to connect to your family,” he explains. “Family keeps you grounded. Our military members are all around the world these days, often doing very difficult things. When I found out about Cell Phones For Soldiers, I knew this was something I wanted to support—because I can relate.”

So, in an effort to endorse a recently finished promotional video for The HUB, Andrew created a social media campaign with a very basic collaborative concept. He encouraged each member of his audience to share the video ( on Facebook, as well as send a supporting email about the campaign to ten people in their email contacts list.

For every 10,000 views The HUB receives on Facebook, the business will donate $1,000 to Cell Phones For Soldiers—continuing to a maximum of $10,000 for 100,000 views. If the maximum goal is reached, Andrew and The HUB will provide over 5,000 hours of free talk time to military men and women around the world.

“It’s a dual-purpose effort representing two things that have a lot of meaning to me,” he emphasizes. “Of course I want The HUB to be a success, but to think that I can also provide American troops with a chance to speak with their loved ones, and find some gravity when they might be in a difficult situation a long way from home, fills me with a great sense of pride and purpose.”

Lease Advisors Gives Back: Helping Our Troops Stay Connected

Lease AdvisorsIn partnership with Lease Advisors, Cell Phones For Soldiers will make it possible for deployed, active US troops to stay connected with their family and friends stateside. The Lease Advisors donation of 300,000 minutes will allow troops on the ground in the Middle East and elsewhere to call home, ensuring loved ones of their wellbeing, and catching up with things at home.

As anyone serving our military can attest, there’s nothing like hearing the voices of the people you love — certainly when it has been months or more since last seeing them. There’s no dollar value that can be placed on knowing that your baby — perhaps one you haven’t even met yet — is thriving, smiling, and meeting milestones. Allowing husbands and wives to connect in this way gives them reprieve from the worries of war, even if only for precious moments.

When discussing the Lease Advisors partnership with Cell Phones For Soldiers, CEO and founder of Lease Advisors, Jarred Saba noted, “We created Lease Advisors Community to have a positive impact at the local level, by giving back to the communities where we conduct business.  By partnering with Cell Phones For Soldiers, Lease Advisors is proud to be able to help our country’s servicemen and women stay connected with their loved ones.”

Saba’s commentary speaks to the opinions of many American military families and those who support them. But action, not words or yellow ribbons, are the true markers of commitment. Just as civilians may support causes like Wounded Warriors, and while many others volunteer to send troops care packages through a number of organizations nationwide, so to should the corporate entities of our nation be committed to the military and what they give us: freedom.

For Lease Advisors, Cell Phones For Soldiers was the clear choice, having already donated nearly 216 million free minutes of talk time for our active armed forces the world over. As much a need as it is a desire to catch up with families, studies suggest that keeping up with family is important for maintaining military morale, helping deployed servicepersons get through days that most of us cannot imagine enduring.

Lease Advisors, mission beyond this partnership with Cell Phones For Soldiers has always been to serve the communities where they have a presence. Since 2013, Lease Advisors has had a positive impact on many local communities with the start of Lease Advisors Community Program. “Our Community Program is an integral component to our corporate philosophy of giving back to individuals and communities in need,” CEO Saba added.

We look forward to the cheer this program and partnership with Lease Advisors will bring the military families and servicemen and women who so richly deserve this connection to those they love. For more information please see the press release here