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					• The Cell Phones for Soldiers program
  was started in April 2004 by 13-yr old
  Brittany Bergquist and her 12-yr old
  brother Robbie of Norwell, Mass. with $21
  of their own money.
• Brittany and Robbie’s goal is to help our
  soldiers serving overseas call home. They
  hope to provide as many soldiers as
  possible with prepaid calling cards.
• In April 2004, at just 13 yrs old, Brittany heard a
  news story about an American soldier stuck with
  a $7,000 cell phone bill he received by
  communicating with his family while he was
  serving in the Middle East. Struck with
  heartache, Brittany launched Cell Phones for
  Soldiers, Inc., a nonprofit organization that offers
  thousands of troops the opportunity to keep in
  close contact with their loved ones.
       Bob Bergquist - father
• “Cell Phones for Soldiers started as a small way
  to show our family’s appreciation for the men
  and women who have sacrificed the day-to-day
  contact with their own families to serve in the
  U.S. armed forces,” says the teens’ father.

• In the next five years, the Bergquist family hopes
  to raise more than $9 million to fund new
  programs, including providing video phones with
  prepaid service that allow soldiers to see their
  families while talking to them.
• Cell Phones for Soldiers (CPFS) collects used
  cell phones through more than 10,000 drop-off
  sites and sends them to ReCellular, a cell phone
  recycling company that pays CPFS for each
  donated phone. CPFS then uses the funds from
  recycling to send prepaid phone cards to troops
  serving at military bases and recuperating in
  hospitals, giving them the opportunity to connect
  with their families and feel closer to home.
                 ReCellular
• The collected phones are sent to ReCellular,
  which pays CPFS enough to provide an hour of
  talk time per phone to soldiers abroad.
• “Americans will replace an estimated 150 million
  cell phones this year,” says Mike Newman, vice
  president of ReCellular, “with the majority of
  phones either discarded or stuffed in a drawer.
  Most people don’t realize that they can make a
  small sacrifice of donating their unwanted or
  broken phones and that their actions can have a
  tremendous benefit for a worthy cause.”
• Since 2004, CPFS has collected more
  than 2.5 million cell phones and currently
  collects an average of 50,000 cell phones
  per month. In addition to providing
  550,000 prepaid phone cards (33 million
  minutes) to soldiers, recycling used
  phones has the added benefit of keeping
  tons of toxic waste and chemicals found in
  the old cell phones out of our landfills and
  water supplies.
• Each year, ReCellular expects to recycle 1
  million pounds of scrap phones and accessories.
  ReCellular works with recycling partners to
  reclaim materials from every phone that is
  donated, including:
  –   • Gold, silver and platinum from circuit boards
  –   • Copper wiring from phone chargers
  –   • Nickel, iron, cadmium and lead from battery packs
  –   • Plastic from phone cases and accessories
  –   • Paper and cardboard from shipping materials used
      for donations
    FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
•   Q. Is this a non-profit 501(c)(3) company?
•   A. Yes. Non-profit means that the company does not distribute its funds $$
    to owners, but instead uses them to help pursue its goals.

•   Q. What types of cell phones do they want?
•   A. They accept any type of cell phone, case and chargers. (even broken cell
    phones).

•   Q. What do they do with the cell phones?
•    A. The cell phones are sold to a company that recycles them. The money
    received for the phones is used to purchase calling cards that are sent to
•   our soldiers serving over seas and confined to hospitals.

•   Q. Do they send any cell phones to the soldiers?
•   A. No. Most of the cell phones that are received are not able to work in the
    Middle East. In addition, for security reasons, they cannot send a cell phone
    directly to a US soldier serving in a war zone.
What if it was your…
            How can I help?
• Look around at home for old cell phones,
  chargers and cases.
• Ask friends or family members if they will donate
  their old or broken phones.
• Bring the items to school and place them in the
  CPFS box located in Mrs. Harry’s room.
• Spread the word to family and friends and know
  that you are helping the troops that are fighting
  for us.
                 Update
• Last school year, Americus-Sumter PLC
  collected 41 cell phones and 40 chargers
  during the Cell Phones for Soldiers
  project. Due to the donations from
  teachers and students we were able to
  contribute at least 41 hours of free talk
  time to our US troops.

				
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