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.