Recently, I kicked-off a campaign to call on Central New Yorkers to support our troops this holiday season by donating their used cell phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers. My office has already collected more than 100 cell phones, and we would like to contribute even more!
I am proud to show my support for U.S. soldiers and help advance this worthy cause. Our military members are making a tremendous sacrifice for our country and for all of us. In return, we should be willing and eager to give back to them. This cell phone drive and others across the country will help our military men and women stay in touch with their loved ones this holiday season, and all year long.
Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist from Norwell, Mass., with $21 of their own money. Since then, the registered 501c3 non-profit organization has raised almost $2 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.
Donated phones are sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each phone -- enough to provide an hour of talk time to soldiers abroad. Through increased fundraising efforts the Bergquist family also hopes to fund new programs, such as providing video phones and prepaid service to allow soldiers abroad to see their families on a regular basis.
Many of us have old cell phones at home that we are no longer using. My staff members and I recently donated our phones, and I would like to encourage you to do the same. For soldiers serving overseas a call home is priceless, and we have the ability to give them this wonderful gift.
If you would like to donate a used cell phone to Cell Phones for Soldiers you can deliver it to my Senate Office at 800 State Office Building, 333 East Washington Street, Syracuse, New York 13202.
There are also many other ways you can support our troops during the holidays and throughout the year. If you would like to learn more about how you can get involved visit americasupportsyou.com/AmericaSupportsYou/index.aspx.