Cell phones for soldiers

Published 6:35 am Thursday, September 9, 2010

More than 150,000 troops are serving overseas and away from their families. Cell Phones for Soldiers and Bainbridge High School are calling on all Americans to support these brave men and women by donating unused cell phones.

Cell Phones and Soldiers hopes to collect over 1 million cell phones nationwide this year to keep troops connected with their families.

Donated phones are sent to a recycling company that pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each phone. The money is used to purchase prepaid calling cards to be distributed to soldiers overseas.

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The organization was founded by two teenagers from Norwell, Mass. and has since become registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has raised millions of dollars in donations and distributed millions of prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.

Local residents can support the collection drive by donating their old phones at Bainbridge High School, 1 Bearcat Blvd. on Friday Sept. 17 between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Contact Marie Stapleton at 229-248-2230 for further informat