04 February 2008

Cell Phones for Soldiers

I came across the website www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com (thanks Chris) and have decided to set up a cell phone drop-site. Cell Phones for Soldiers is an organization created by two teenagers in Massachusetts in 2004. They collect old cell phones and send them to ReCellular for recycling. ReCellular pays them for each donated phone and with the money received, prepaid calling cards are purchased and sent to soldiers overseas. Each recycled phone equals one hour of talk time for a solider. Isn't that cool? Yes, of course it is! We've all got cell phones laying around that we have no idea what to do with. So let's donate them to this awesome cause. Anyway, I have a goal of collecting 50 phones by March 3, 2008. If you have a phone you'd like to donate let me know!


MIkal said...

I'm conflicted by this and here's why.

On the one hand, donating cell phones (or anything) that results in good being done for others, I support. No problem there.

But why if the government is spending billions and billions of dollars on the conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, why must we make these donations in the first place.

Why aren't soldiers receiving phone cards via the tax dollars we all pay to support the infrastructure that maintains their presence there in the first place. I mean, it's like asking for donations so you can make a long distance call from a work phone, when the call in question is work-related. It's absurd (to me, at least).

Regardless, I do have some extra cell phones that I'll donate, but I'm not happy to be supporting the government's decision to not provide the basic services our service men and women need by doing so.

julie said...

Not to be contradictory or go against "our military deserves more" but how is it a work-related call? My work doesn't pay for my long-distance calls to family. I have a nephew in Iraq so I'm all about this -- I probably have 2 or 3 phones at home.

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