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Donate your old cell phones for soldiers

By Roslyn Giles - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A personal crusade to keep troops in Iraq and Afghanistan connected to their families has become a nationwide effort.  Brittany Bergquist and her brother Robbie of Boston became inspired to start "Cell Phones for Soldiers" after raising money to help a soldier in Iraq pay an $8000.00 cell phone bill.

Since the inception in 2004, the initiative has expanded beyond the Bergquists' imagination with businesses like AT&T, Little Caesars and Chevrolet teaming up to help troops stay in touch with their families free of charge.

The cell phones are recycled for cash and the money pays for calling cards for soldiers.  So far, more than 60 million minutes have been purchased.

The program is still going strong through soliciting volunteers across the nation.  Glenda Osborne, local organizer and volunteer, is championing the effort in the Columbus area. "I want the soldiers to know we care and we want everyone to participate as well as businesses and companies.  St Francis Hospital and the Growing Room have signed on," added Osborne.

You are encouraged to drop off your old cell phones and accessories such as batteries and chargers to any of the 14 fire stations in Columbus.

Remember, just by donating a cell phone, you're helping a little boy or girl to talk to their mother or father who is thousands of miles away. The connection is not just about catching up, but for some, it's a way of coping.

Call 706-464-7338 for more information or check out the  "Cell Phone for Soldier's" website.

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