Thursday, April 9, 2009

Your junk might be someone elses treasure....

There are times when I’m a little slow keeping up with the rest of the world. I’ve heard about recycling cell phones but to be honest I didn’t give it a second thought. I currently have several old cell phones resting in my kitchen junk drawer. They’re in good company with all sorts of odds and ends like loose elastic bands, odd pens, random yard sale stickers and give-away cork screws from a food show. All of which are entangled with old curling ribbon awaiting their final resting place, the trash.

This morning I opened up a piece of mail from a company I regularly do business with. Enclosed with the correspondence was a postage paid envelope for “Cell Phones for Soldiers”. Curious, I took the time to Google the organization.

Cell Phones for Soldiers was the brain child of 13-year-old Brittany Bergquist and her then 12-year-old brother Robbie. The goal of their charity is to help soldiers serving overseas call home. The charity began when the children heard a news report about a local soldier who was charged a large amount of money on his phone bill for calling home. The kids raised money to help the soldier by emptying their piggy bank, getting snack money from their friends at school. They raised $21.00 and went to a local bank to open an account. The bank was so impressed by their efforts they kicked in $500.00.

A few years older the siblings are now raising funds to provide as many soldiers as possible with prepaid calling cards. Cell Phones for Soldiers are collecting both donations and old cell phones to recycle. The ultimate goal of Cell Phones for Soldiers is to provide banks of satellite and video phones. Cell Phones for Soldiers have distributed thousands of calling cards to soldiers in Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan and and elsewhere.

Its time to dig through your favorite junk spot and pull out your discarded cell phones. This afternoon I slipped mine into the handy envelope provided and sent them on there way.

* photo of 1st Sgt. Devon A. Holson and company with their pre-paid calling cards

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