News & Media

Cell Phones For Soldiers Newsroom

Search Blog

Last Tweets

Challenge Your Friends to Support Troops and Veterans This #GivingTuesday!

November 16, 2017

This #GivingTuesday, we’re excited to challenge our supporters and friends to support Cell Phones For Soldiers and help our troops and veterans for the holidays!

It’s simple: Donate $5 or a used cell phone, smartphone, tablet or MP3 player on #GivingTuesday, November 28. Then tag five friends (and us!) on Facebook and challenge them to do the same.

#GivingTuesday is an annual tradition that serves as a philanthropic boost during the hectic holiday season. It’s an opportunity to pause during the mall runs and frantic online shopping to give back. And it raises a tremendous amount of money for great causes—donors in 98 countries gave more than $170 million in 2016 alone!

At Cell Phones For Soldiers, our mission is twofold: Supporting our troops with free talk time so they can connect with their loved ones while serving far away from home; and helping our veterans transition to civilian life by providing one-time grants to help with bills, address communication needs and even avoid eviction.

Your donation, and your friends’ donations, mean that an Air Force officer deployed thousands of miles away can connect with his wife as she deals with a sudden home emergency.

They mean that a Soldier can call her kids to encourage them to do well in school.

That a Marine can hear his parents’ voices and wish them a Merry Christmas.

That a veteran, who has served our country bravely, can sleep easy knowing she’s covered a bill that was causing her unneeded stress.

You can donate money through our website, and find a local drop-off site to donate a phone, or print a shipping label to mail in a device—however you choose to give, we thank you!

We are so honored to provide help to the men and women who serve and protect our country, and so grateful for your support in our mission! Happy #GivingTuesday!

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.

July 25, 2016

Cell Phones For Soldiers Gives Back with Annual Golf Tournament

May 25th 2016

Thank You to our sponsors and our participants in the First Annual Golf Tournament. With your Support we were able to raise over 60 Thousand Dollars. That equals over 1.8 million minutes of airtime.

Cell Phones For Soldiers First Annual Golf Tournament

MAY 10th 2016
Thank You to all the sponsors and participants in the First Annual Cell Phones For Soldiers Golf Tournament. SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!!!!
For information on participation and sponsorship please email [email protected] or call 678-580-1976DSC_0026

DSC_0105

DSC_0100

DSC_0097

DSC_0092

DSC_0089

DSC_0087

DSC_0080

DSC_0053

DSC_0052

DSC_0009

DSC_0011 - Copy

DSC_0017 - Copy

DSC_0018

Veteran Tomas We Thank You for Your Service

Veteran Tomas We Thank You for Your Service

DSC_0037

DSC_0046

Donated Shoes

Donated Shoes

ALL OF OUR VETERANS!!! WE THANK YOU!!!!!

ALL OF OUR VETERANS!!! WE THANK YOU!!!!!

Donated Items

Donated Items

CPFS Golf Tourney

Stream Energy Team

Stream Energy Team

DSC_0422

DSC_0424

DSC_0416

Donated Auction Items

Donated Auction Items

CPFS Golf Tourney

CPFS Golf Tourney

Brian Jones

Cell Phones For Soldiers Golf Tourney 2016

Army Special Forces Michael Strohl and Team

Army Special Forces Michael Strohl and Team

General Fuller

General Fuller

CPFS Golf Tourney

General Fuller and Mia

General Fuller and Mia

DSC_0023

CPFS Golf Tourney

CPFS Has Another Solid Year Of Connecting Families

February 3, 2016

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.