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CPFS Has Another Solid Year Of Connecting Families

Marine Calling HomeNORWELL, Mass. (Feb. 2, 2016) – Cell Phones For Soldiers helped troops deployed in more than 25 countries stay in touch with their loved ones during 2015, continuing the successful mission started by two young siblings more than a decade ago.

Behind a strong donor base and corporate support, CPFS distributed over 76,000 international calling cards in 2015. That total equates to more than 4.6 million minutes of talk time.

Cell Phones For Soldiers’ veterans program, Helping Heroes Home, also had a solid year in 2015 aiding over 1,300 veterans with emergency aid.

Robbie and Brittany Berqguist founded Cell Phones For Soldiers in 2004 out of concern for service men and women paying for their own calls home from around the world while deployed. More than a decade later Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided more than 220 million “Minutes That Matter” to help members of the United States military stay in touch with family.

Helping Heroes Home was launched in 2012 to help provide one-time emergency grants to aid veterans making the transition back into civilian life. Grants cover a wide range of veterans’ emergency needs including car repairs, rent or mortgage payments, phone service, medical bills and many others.

“Cell Phones For Soldiers is proud to continue our mission to support active duty and veteran military members,” said Rob Berguist, who along with his sister Brittany founded the charity when they were 12 and 13-years-old respectively. “We are thankful for the incredible support we have had from generous donors and sponsors over the years to help make life better for this country’s service members.’”

Cell Phones For Soldiers shipped an average of 1,500 calling cards a week in 2015. More than 8,300 cards were sent to soldiers in Afghanistan, the most of any country. Service members in Iraq received the second highest number of calling cards, 2,300.

Forget roses, make Valentine’s donation to CPFS

There is a commercial I hear often these days on Sirius XM Satellite Radio that goes something like this: “Would you rather have a lot of stuff or learn a new language?”

I’m not interested in learning a new language, but it got me thinking about“stuff” and Valentine’s Day.

Most of us have way more “stuff” than we need. Most of us have tons of “stuff” w140821-N-JN664-242 SAN DIEGO (Aug. 21, 2014) Operations Specialist 2nd Class Marcus Hooper, assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100), kisses his fiancé as they are reunited during a homecoming ceremony. Kidd returned from an eight-month deployment to the western Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Karolina A. Oseguera/Released)e don’t even use. And Valentine’s Day is about giving lots of “stuff.” Roses. Candy. Jewelry. Lavish dinners. Fun “stuff,” but just “stuff.” You eat the candy. The roses wilt. And on to the next holiday.

But here’s an idea. How about a gift … and please forgive the cliché … that keeps on giving?

While we’re enjoying candy, flowers and dinners with the people we love on Valentine’s Day, there are thousands of American’s deployed around the world to make sure we have the opportunity to enjoy all that “stuff.”

They won’t be anywhere near the folks they hold so dear on Valentine’s Day. They won’t be able to hold their hand across a candle-lit table. There will be no slow-dancing to romantic music. They will be lucky to tell them “I love you” from thousands of miles away.

Let’s trade some of our Valentine’s Day “stuff” to make sure these service men and women can connect with their loved ones on a regular basis.

Pass on the dozen roses this Valentine’s Day. Instead donate that money … a dozen Valentine’s roses are a minimum of $50 … to Cell Phones For Soldiers, whose Minutes That Matter program keeps service families connected through international calling cards. It’s pretty simple to do, too. Just click: buff.ly/1PHD6dw and you can make a donation to support troops. You can also donate to support veterans through our Helping Heroes Home program at the same site.

It is just as easy for a service member to request a calling card to help stay in touch with your loved one; just click here: buff.ly/1PD1OVS.

You think fifty bucks won’t make a big difference? Check these numbers out: every $5 donated to CPFS equals 2.5 hours of talk time. That $50 military monetary donation will truly keep on giving. And it sure beats wilted roses.

(This blog is courtesy of Mike Smith, veteran journalist and public relations professional. He lives in Bristol, TN, with his wife Aleeta.).

Liberty Tax Donating Preparation Fees To CPFS

Cell Phones For Soldiers has some exciting news!

For every federal and state tax return prepared and filed online through Liberty Online, 100% of the tax preparation fee will be donated back to Cell Phones ForLiberty Tax Service Soldiers.

Liberty Online is powered by the fastest growing retail tax preparation company in the industry, Liberty Tax Service. With over 17 years of tax experience, Liberty has prepared almost 18 million individual tax returns in more than 4,000 offices and online.

Go to www.libertytax.com/online to take advantage of this offer and prepare your taxes. By entering the coupon code “CPFS” at checkout, Liberty Tax will donate 100% of the tax preparation fees back to Cell Phones For Soldiers.

Cannot be combined with other offers or used toward past services. Other exclusions may apply. Void where prohibited by law. Valid 1/1-4/18/16

Tax-Deductible Donation Easy As One-Two-Three

It’s that in-between week, the week with packages and pretty paper and gifts and Santa Claus behind us. And champagne and crazy hats and the big crystal ball dropping in Times Square in front of us.

Yep, it’s that week that’s bookended by loads of fun. Sometimes those in-between days can get a little boring, though. You can only eat so much leftover turkey, only watch so many obscure college bowl games between equally obscure teams.

So we’re often left wandering the house looking for things to keep us entertained until the last night of the year. And often, it’s the notion of that final chapter of the year that sends us scurrying for the tax paperwork. Once the clock strikes midnight, there’s no reprieve from the tax man.Tax-deductible donation

But between now and then there’s plenty you can do, like making a tax-deductible donation to Cell Phones For Soldiers.

It’s simple as 1-2-3. Really, it is.

1. Click on this link: https://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/get-involved/donate-funds/ and make your donation.

2. Sit back and wait for your donation receipt to arrive in your in-box.

3. Smile!

Yep. That’s it. You’ve got all the information that the tax man will need on April 15 for a good, honest legitimate deduction.

Actually you’ll find out you’ve got much more. You’ll have that really good feeling you get when you’ve done a good deed.

Imagine being thousands of miles away from home defending your country in a war zone with no way of keeping in touch with your loved ones. Imagine being a military spouse with three children and not having a way to check on your significant other.

That’s what it’s like being deployed. But because of your donation, a donation that will actually save you money in the long run, that awful feeling of loneliness will be erased for many, many servicemen.

It’s a pretty cool way to end the year.

August 25, 2015

Lease Advisors Announces Partnership with Cell Phones For Soldiers

Lease Advisors 3Los Angeles, CA (August 25, 2015) – Lease Advisors, a premier land  lease  consultancy and acquisition firm based in Los Angeles, officially announces  collaboration with Cell Phones For Soldiers. This partnership  will  provide  troops and veterans with pre-paid calling cards at no cost to  them.

Since its inception in 2004, Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided more than 216 million minutes of free talk time to servicemen and women stationed around the world through its calling card program, “Minutes That  Matter.” Lease Advisors is proud to be able to support Cell Phones For  Soldiers as they provide this incredible service.

Lease Advisors CEO, Jarred Saba, says of the partnership, “We created Lease Advisors Community to give back in 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.”

For their part of the partnership, Lease Advisors will donate talk time to provide a means of cost-free communication upon the completion of lease purchase transactions.

“Leaving family behind during deployment is difficult and unimaginable for many of us. And then knowing that you are missing special moments, birthdays, “firsts” for your newborn and holidays is even harder. For some, the cost of calling home is insurmountable,” says Cell Phones For Soldiers co-founder, Robbie Bergquist. “So we’re honored to work with Lease Advisors and its customers to provide a lifeline for America’s bravest.”

The partnership with Cell Phones For Soldiers is a strategic one for Lease Advisors, as it furthers their long-standing commitment to make a positive impact in local communities. The initiative has been in place since the launch of the Lease Advisors Community philanthropic initiative in 2013.

“This program is an integral component to our corporate philosophy of partnering with communities at the local level, and forging lasting, positive relationships,” said Saba.

To learn more about Lease Advisors Community, click here.

About Lease Advisors

Lease Advisors is a financial services and ground lease consulting firm that works with cellular and billboard lease owners on acquisition, negotiation, and financial or real estate issues related to ground leases. The company has overseen the direct acquisition of hundreds of cellular and billboard leases with individual real estate investors, businesses, non-profit organizations, and municipalities. For more information, please visit www.leaseadvisors.com.

About Cell Phones For Soldiers

Cell Phones For Soldiers is a national nonprofit dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans. Founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided more than 216 million “Minutes That Matter” to servicemen and women. Since 2012, “Helping Heroes Home” has provided emergecy funds for more than 2,800 veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional, and assimilation hardships.