Technology offers a myriad of ways to keep people connected, and there’s a low-tech way for Wisconsin residents to keep soldiers and their families connected: Donate your used cell phone to Cell Phones for Soldiers.
Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded in 2004 by siblings Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, who have since collected more than 7.5 million cell phones and raised more than $7 million in recycling proceeds and cash donations. Cell Phones for Soldiers has used that funding to provide troops overseas with more than 90 million minutes of free talk time to call home.
The project has numerous partners, and it’s very easy to donate your used cell phones, chargers and cords in a variety of ways. All AT&T retail locations across Wisconsin are drop-off sites – and phones from all carriers can be dropped off – or you can check out the official drop-off tracker at the Cell Phones for Soldiers web site to find an alternative location. A number of Wisconsin businesses, along with local VFW and American Legion posts, are also participating in this program.
Recently, AT&T, local elected officials and business leaders kicked off two drives in Wisconsin, one at the AT&T store in Wausau and another at Bulls Eye Credit Union in Wisconsin Rapids.