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Columbus Technical College collecting cell phones for soldiers

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus Technical College is joining a network of 3000 collection sites across the county helping soldiers serving overseas connect to their loved ones.  

The school is collecting old cell phones, batteries, charges and other cell phone accessories at two locations on campus.  You can drop off your donations at the Hartline Building and at Patrick Hall on Manchester Expressway. 

Director of Communications, Cheryl Myers said they are proud to be chosen as a collection site.  "We'd like to believe it's because we have such as strong partnership with Fort Benning and the military community, of course that community is getting larger and larger every day.  "We started in mid-July and already we have collected over 20 phones."

Cell Phones for Soldiers started in 2008 when two teenagers from Massachusetts used $12.00 of their own money to provide free minutes to soldiers.  Since then, Robbie and Brittany Bergquist's idea has evolved into a 501c3 non-profit organization with $2 million in donations and 500,000 prepaid calling cards.

Recellular pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each donated cell phone.  The organization uses the money to purchase calling cards for soldiers. The drive at Columbus Tech ends September 30th.

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