You don’t have to be famous, or have a ton of money to donate, to make a big, positive impact on the lives of our troops and their loved ones. You don’t even have to be an adult! We are supported all the time by community-minded individuals and organizations who hold drives on behalf of Cell Phones For Soldiers.
A Cell Phones For Soldiers collection drive is a great way to unite a community behind a common cause: helping our deployed men and women in uniform call home for free. Our organization also helps veterans in need.
Whether you belong to a religious community, local club or organization, sports team or are a student in school, holding a collection drive is an opportunity for you to raise awareness for a great cause, as well as receive publicity for your organization.
And you can get creative with your drive! Ask people to turn in an old cell phone, smartphone or mobile device instead of an admission cost to a community event; offer discounts for people who participate at your business; or turn it into an all-day event.
Students at Lake Orion High School in Orion Township, Michigan, have raised thousands of dollars for Cell Phones For Soldiers since 2014 through an innovative fundraiser, Cell Out for Soldiers. Instead of donating a device, participating students pay a small amount of money and give up their own phones for a day. The money helps Cell Phones For Soldiers provide free calling cards to our troops, and the phone-free day helps students connect with one another face-to-face.
If you’d like to help troops and veterans by holding a Cell Phones For Soldiers drive, you can get started here. Then contact your local newspaper, TV station or community groups on Facebook and let people know what’s happening!
Remember to tag Cell Phones For Soldiers in photos of your events on Facebook, so we can share your great work with our supportive and patriotic community!