BRIEF: Group asking people to donate phones to help soldiers
BLOOMINGTON, Jan 19, 2013 (The Pantagraph - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The Bloomington-Normal Association of Realtors and the non-profit Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. are asking for donations of gently used cellular phones to help troops call home.
Donate phones to any Realtor or by dropping them off at the association's office, 407 Detroit Drive.
Cell Phones for Soldiers has provided more than 114 million minutes of free time to troops stationed around the world. Money raised from the recycling of cell phones is used to purchase pre-paid international calling cards. On average, Cell Phones for Soldiers distributes 12,000 calling cards each week to bases around the world, care package programs, deployment ceremonies and VA hospitals, said the association.
Donated phones are sent to Michigan-based ReCellular for recycling. For every donated phone valued at $5, Cell Phones for Soldiers is able to provide 2 1/2 hours of free talk time to soldiers, said the organization.
On the Net: www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com
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