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Help Our Troops, Help Our Earth

April 17, 2018

Earth Day 2018 is almost here, and it’s one of our favorite holidays.

At Cell Phones For Soldiers, our mission is to help our troops and veterans. So, you might ask: What does our organization have to do with Earth Day?

Quite a bit, actually!

When you send your old cell phone, smartphone, tablet or MP3 player to be recycled by Cell Phones For Soldiers, you’re keeping harmful materials from the landfill, and helping to protect our environment.

Cell phones are necessities to so many people around the world, and they’re manufactured with materials, including rare earth metals, that are valuable when they’re recycled safely—that’s how Cell Phones For Soldiers converts your donated electronics into money for veterans’ assistance and free calling cards for the troops.

But when people improperly dispose of cell phones and their batteries by throwing them into the trash, components like cadmium, lead and PCBs can end up leaching into the environment, harming water supplies and threatening ecosystems.

Some of the old cell phones and other mobile devices we receive contain plastic. And when it comes to plastic pollution, statistics are shocking: Most of the over 80 billion tons of plastic ever manufactured still exists—it’s nearly impossible to break down; experts say that if nothing changes, by 2050, there will be more plastic in the world’s oceans than fish. That’s just 32 years away.

If you want to do your part to help the environment on Earth Day, recycle your old cell phones or mobile devices by sending them to Cell Phones For Soldiers. You’ll be helping our troops and veterans, as well as working to preserve our precious Earth.

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

Celebrate the Month of the Military Child by Keeping Kids Connected

April 11, 2018

Support the FamiliesApril is the Month of the Military Child, a great time to reflect on the sacrifices kids make when one of their parents is deployed.

Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, more than 2 million American children have had a parent deploy; about half of them have experienced two or more deployments. During some of the most significant changes in a child’s life, military parents have missed milestones—in order to keep our country safe.

First words and baby steps; first days of school and graduations; proms and homecomings and heartbreaks; sports triumphs, science fairs, bedtime stories and driver’s tests—these and so many other big and little moments are fundamental to a child’s development. And yet, so many brave kids spend these moments without one of the most important people in their lives.

They are some of our most resilient kids, too! Military families move, on average, 10 times more than civilian families, meaning they might be in a new school every two to three years.

All of this takes its toll.

Military children, even the youngest, are at greater risk for behavioral challenges than civilian kids, and the added stress of worrying about their deployed parent can be emotionally exhausting. Moving so frequently may have an academic impact on kids, and cause feelings of isolation. Still, many military kids grow up to serve our country. Recent studies have shown that vast numbers of recruits in all branches of the American military have a close family member who served.

We know that staying in frequent touch with deployed service members can help put kids (and parents) at ease. At Cell Phones For Soldiers, we have a mission to keep families connected through our Minutes That Matter program. We have provided more than 300 million minutes of free talk time to the troops, thanks to the generosity of our donors.

You can help military children stay in touch with their deployed parents in two ways: Donate money to Cell Phones For Soldiers, or recycle your old cell phone, smartphone, tablet or MP3 player by sending it to us. Your donations send them a message: We support not just the troops serving our country, but their families as well.

Springtime is the Right Time to Donate Your Old Cell Phones

March 20, 2018

mobile phone recyclingDepending on where you live, it may not look anything like spring outside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start your spring cleaning!

It’s a great time to donate your old clothes to charity, give unused toys to kids’ organizations and find new purposes for things you haven’t used in a while. But what do you do with those old cell phones in your junk drawer or attic?

With Cell Phones For Soldiers, you can donate used cell phones and mobile devices—regardless of their condition, working or not—to help our troops and veterans! Through our Minutes That Matter program, we recycle those devices for their valuable components and use that income to provide free talk time to deployed troops so they can stay connected with home. Our Helping Heroes Home program helps veterans in need with grants for things like communication services and eviction avoidance.

Simply letting those old cell phones collect dust takes up space in your home. Throwing them in the trash is harmful to the environment. So, donate your old cell phones to Cell Phones For Soldiers and give them new life to help our nation’s bravest men and women!

To donate, find a drop-off site near you or print your own shipping label at home to mail your phones or devices in. We accept new and used, working and nonworking, cell phones, smartphones, tablets and MP3 players.

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

Shop on Amazon and Support the Troops

March 11, 2018

Now through March 31, new AmazonSmile customers can triple their impact and support Cell Phones For Soldiers with their first AmazonSmile purchase.

Amazon.com, the world’s largest online retailer, donates a portion of customers’ purchases to selected charities and causes when they shop through the AmazonSmile program—at no extra cost to the customer.

How it works

Simply use this link to sign into your Amazon account with your regular login information, and select Cell Phones For Soldiers from the list of organizations. From there, you can access all of Amazon—whether you purchase a television or toilet paper, you’ll contribute to our mission of helping deployed American troops stay connected with their families, and helping veterans make it through financial troubles.

For the rest of March, first-time AmazonSmile shoppers supporting Cell Phones For Soldiers will see 1.5% of their eligible purchase prices donated to help our troops and veterans. Return customers’ purchases will send .5% of their spending to our organization, without spending a penny more.

AmazonSmile customers have contributed $70 million to worthy causes just by shopping online. Amazon Prime customers can access their regular Prime discounts when they shop through AmazonSmile.

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

This Valentine’s Day, Help Share the Love

February 13, 2018

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 Solidarity With The Troops By Donating An Old Cell Phone

January 22, 2018

Show your Solidarity with US Troops

You will be amazed at the huge impact even a small donation can make. If you want to show your solidarity with our troops as well as support our veterans, consider donating your old mobile phone to Cell Phones For Soldiers.

We provide 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 us, and we will recycle or sell them and use the proceeds to help our troops 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. 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 we don’t only help active-duty troops. We 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 need to do more to support our veterans as they return to civilian life. If you are interested in helping out, you can support Cell Phones For Soldiers.

Helping Heroes Home 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 veterans in overcoming difficulties and hardships they face when they return to the civilian life, including assimilation problems and traumas caused by war. You can choose to donate a phone or donate money to this cause. Every little 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 they are cracked or malfunctioning.

Convert Your Old Cell Phone into Free Talk Time for Our Troops

January 8, 2018

old mobile phones for charityThere are many ways to show your support for our troops, and one of these is by converting your old or unused cell phone to provide free talk time for servicemen and women who are deployed abroad.

This form of mobile phone recycling is a wonderful and practical way to make your old phone useful. Cell Phones For Soldiers gives back to men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting our beloved country. Since 2004, we have given hundreds of millions of minutes of free talk time to deployed troops so they can call home while serving abroad.

By donating to Cell Phones For Soldiers, you are providing a lifeline to the troops 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. We also accept tablets and MP3 players. 

Our phone-card program, Minutes That Matter, provides free international calling cards to troops to stay in touch with their loved ones. We have also recycled more than 15 million devices, keeping dangerous electronic waste out of landfills, where they could harm environmental and human health.

 

Recycle Your Mobile Phones for Charity

December 25, 2017

What if you could recycle old cell phones and donate old mobile devices for charity? Would you be willing to part with these old electronics if it meant helping our troops and veterans?

The men and women of the U.S. military live and serve the country at home and across the globe. Miles away from their families, these dedicated troops risk their lives and well-being as they fight for the peace and protection of our country. Communication and connection with their families back at home is extremely important to our troops’ mental and emotional health.

Through Cell Phones For Soldiers, you can send support for our troops in the form of free talk time so they can keep those connections alive. Cell Phones For Soldiers also helps our armed forces as they transition to civilian life: through the Helping Heroes Home program, we provide one-time grants to veterans in need of financial assistance.

You can donate old mobile phones for charity through Cell Phones for Soldiers’ Minutes that Matter program. We have a simple mission: to help troops deployed across the globe call home and connect with their families at no charge. Since 2004, Cell Phones for Soldiers has encouraged Americans to recycle old cell phones, smartphones, tablets and MP3 players to benefit our troops and veterans, keeping 15 million electronic devices out of landfills.

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

December 15, 2017

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.

December 10, 2017

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.