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Donate Unused Cell Phones So Soldiers Can Call Loved Ones For Free

Last updated on Friday, January 10, 2014

(MITCHELL) - Outta the Box with T Photography in Mitchell has partnered with Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. to recycle those cell phones so soldiers can call loved ones for free.

For every donated phone, Cell Phones for Soldiers provides two and a half hours of free talk time to deployed troops.

You can donate your gently used phone to Outta the Box with T Photography, located at 643 West Main Street, in Mitchell.

Donated phones are sent to Mindful eCycling for recycling.

Owner Tonya Canada of Outta the Box with T Photography says the business will continue the project until all of the troops are home safe.

Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded in 2004 by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist. The charity has since provided 181 million minutes of free talk time to servicemen and women. Funds raised from the recycling of cell phones are used to purchase prepaid 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.

About half of the donated phones are reconditioned and reused. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and responsibly recycled to reclaim materials.

For more information, visit Tonya Canada with Outta the Box with T Photography or visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

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