Donate To The Marines: Your Guide to Making a Difference

Why Supporting Marines Matters

Marines are vital to national security, collaborating closely with the State Department and Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) to safeguard U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide. For over seven decades, Marine Security Guards (MSGs) have been at the forefront of this mission, ensuring the protection of sensitive information and diplomatic personnel.

The critical role Marines play in national security is to prevent the compromise of classified U.S. government information and safeguard diplomatic missions abroad. With over 1,000 trained officers and enlisted U.S. Marines assigned globally, the MSG program offers invaluable support in times of crisis and an opportunity for young Marines to travel, learn languages, and experience diverse cultures.

Supporting Marines through donations of cell phones and funds can significantly impact their lives and morale, especially when deployed. Your contribution can provide essential communication tools and support services, fostering connectivity and boosting morale in challenging environments.

The Power of Connection: Donating Cell Phones

Donating cell phones to CPFS has a profound impact on the lives of Marines by providing essential communication resources. These donated devices are repurposed to offer a lifeline for Marines, helping them stay connected with their loved ones even when deployed.

Staying connected with family and friends is not just a convenience but a crucial aspect of the mental well-being of Marines. Donated phones serve as a lifeline, offering a sense of comfort and support during challenging times.

Through the efforts of Cell Phones for Soldiers, more than 400 million minutes of free talk time have been provided since 2004. Additionally, over 2,500 calling cards are mailed each week to service men and women abroad. Moreover, the program has recycled more than 25 million cell phones, significantly reducing the impact on landfills. And since July 2012, the Helping Heroes Home initiative has assisted more than 7,500 veterans and their families with emergency funding, providing critical support in times of need.

How to Donate Your Cell Phone

The process to donate to the Marines is straightforward and can make a significant difference in the lives of these servicemen and women. Follow this step-by-step guide to contribute:

  1. Prepare Your Device: Before donating, ensure your cell phone is reset to factory settings to remove any personal data. Include any accessories, such as chargers, if available.
  1. Find a Drop-off Location: Locate a nearby drop-off location using the interactive map on the Cell Phones for Soldiers website. Simply enter your address or ZIP code to find the nearest donation point.
  1. Ship Your Device: If there are no convenient drop-off locations, you can ship your device directly to Cell Phones for Soldiers. Visit their website to print a pre-addressed shipping label and follow the provided instructions.

Once received, donated devices are quickly wiped of all personal information and assessed for repairability. Repairable phones are sold to refurbishers, while older or broken devices are responsibly recycled.

By following these steps, you can easily donate to the Marines and make a positive impact on the lives of service members. Your donated cell phone contributes to the mission of providing free talk time and communication resources to Marines, helping them stay connected with their loved ones during deployments.

Volunteering: Another Way to Give Back

If you’re interested in other ways to donate to the Marines, volunteering opportunities offer another avenue to support CPFS and benefit Marines. Here are some volunteering opportunities you can explore:

  1. Start a Cell Phone Drive or Setup a Drop-off Location: Take the initiative to organize a cell phone drive in your community or workplace. Setting up drop-off locations makes it convenient for others to contribute their old devices.
  1. Student Ambassador Program: Students, teachers, and parents can participate in the ambassador program, where they can engage in various activities to support the cause. Here are some ideas:
  • Talent Show: Host a talent show to showcase the talents of students and faculty members. Sell tickets to raise funds for the cause.
  • Bake Sale: Organize a bake sale where parents, students, and staff can contribute baked goods for sale. The proceeds can go towards purchasing calling cards for troops abroad.
  • Earth Day Charity Drive: Encourage students and staff to bring in their old phones for a charity drive. Make it fun by having classes compete to see who can collect the most phones.
  • Pancake Day: Sell tickets for a delicious breakfast to students and offer food and refreshments for a set price. Incorporate a card decorating station where students can design cards to send to troops overseas.
  1. Resource Center: Find all the tools you need for a successful volunteer effort on the Cell Phones for Soldiers website. From promotional materials to fundraising ideas, the resource center provides valuable resources to support your volunteering initiatives.

How to Get Started:

Managers, owners, and employees can sign up by visiting the Cell Phones for Soldiers website and filling out the designated form. Once registered, a welcome kit will be emailed directly to you, providing you with everything you need to kickstart your volunteering efforts.

By volunteering your time and effort, you can play a crucial role in supporting our Marine troops and helping them stay connected with their loved ones.

Join the Movement: Support Marines Today

As we conclude, we at CPFS urge you to join the movement and donate to the Marines today. Your support can truly make an impact. Here’s how you can get involved:

Donate Your Cell Phone: Whether it’s an old device gathering dust in a drawer or a newer model you no longer need, donating your cell phone can provide valuable communication resources for Marines. Your contribution can help them stay connected with their loved ones, boosting morale and well-being.

Make a Monetary Donation: If you prefer to contribute financially, consider donating to CPFS. Every dollar counts and goes towards purchasing calling cards for troops abroad or providing emergency funding for veterans in need.

Volunteer Your Time: Volunteering offers a hands-on way to support the cause. Whether you organize a cell phone drive in your community, participate in fundraising events, or spread awareness about the organization, your efforts can make a significant difference.

These opportunities provide ways how to thank a marine for their service. Together, we can show our appreciation for the sacrifices Marines make and ensure they have the resources they need to stay connected and supported. Join us in supporting Marines today!

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Self-Paid Label

Thank you for taking the extra step to cover shipping costs for your donated devices! Not only is your device donation tax-deductible, so are the shipping costs. 

Simply click and print this preaddressed label and follow the shipping instructions below:

1. Count the number of donated phones for your records.

2. Place the phones flat across the bottom of the box and layer them with newspaper or bubblewrap to avoid damage.

3. Keep batteries attached to phones. If there is no battery, place tape over terminal ends.

4. Due to federal shipping regulations, you must print a battery warning label for each package. Click here to print. Affix one label to the outside of each box. 

5. You must affix (USPS) or a prepay waybill (UPS, FedEx, DHL) in order for your package to reach us.

5. You will not receive an e-mail confirmation when your package arrives. Click here to print a donation receipt.