|Boardman, Ohio, August 9, 2008 – More than 150,000 troops are serving overseas and are away from their families. Cell Phones for Soldiers and RE/MAX Valley Real Estate, Boardman Ohio are calling on all proud Mahoning Valley Americans to support for these brave men and women by donating your unused cell phones. Cell Phones for Soldiers hopes to collect over 50,000 cell phones to help keep troops connected with their families.|
“For the loved ones of soldiers serving abroad, Memorial Day is much more than a long holiday weekend,” says Brittany Bergquist, Cell Phones for Soldiers co-founder. “We’re calling on all Mahoning Valley citizens to make a small sacrifice of support by donating their unused cell phones to help provide families with a much-needed connection to their loved ones overseas.”
Valley residents can support the collection drive by donating their phones at the office of:
RE/MAX Valley Real Estate
1006 Boardman Canfield Rd.
Boardman, Ohio 44512
Driving Directions :
(Corner of Millcreek Blvd. and St. Rt. 224 in Boardman)
“We’re proud to show our support for U.S. soldiers, and to contribute to a worthy cause like Cell Phones for Soldiers, and nobody has more old cell phones lying around than REALTORS.” says Al Leonard, CEO of RE/MAX Valley Real Estate. "We are now accepting all makes and models of cell phones in any condition, as well as chargers, batteries, accessories, Blackberries, PDA's and pagers! Your donation is tax deductible and a receipt for your contribution may be obtained on-line at the Cell Phones For Soldiers site or at our Boardman office."
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 $1 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.
“We have been overwhelmed by the generous support of thousands of Americans who have helped our troops speak with their loved ones,” says the teens’ father, Bob Bergquist. “However the need for support keeps growing as more soldiers are sent to the Middle East or are asked to serve extended tours of duty.”
Through increased fundraising efforts, the Bergquist family hopes to raise more than $9 million in the next five years to fund new programs, such as providing video phones and prepaid service to allow soldiers abroad to see their families on a regular basis.
The phones are sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each donated phone – enough to provide an hour of talk time to soldiers abroad.
Approximately half of the phones ReCellular processes are reconditioned and resold to wholesale companies in over 40 countries around the world. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and recycled to reclaim materials, including:
- Gold, silver and platinum from circuit boards
- Copper wiring from phone chargers
- Nickel, iron, cadmium and lead from battery packs
- Plastic from phone cases and accessories
About Cell Phones for Soldiers:
Cell Phones for Soldiers was created by Brittany & Robbie Bergquist of Norwell MA. After reading a story about a soldier who ran up a huge phone bill calling home from Iraq, these two teenagers decided to help out. They started by opening an account with $21.00 of their own money. They are collecting cash donations and old cell phones. The cell phones are recycled for cash and the proceeds are used to buy prepaid calling cards for our soldiers serving in the Middle East. Cell Phones For Soldiers is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Their efforts have motivated people and businesses around the country to donate to this worthy cause. Their goal is to provide every US soldier with a way to call home for free. For more information, please visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com
About RE/MAX Valley Real Estate
RE/MAX Valley Real Estate is an independent franchise of RE/MAX International, founded in 1973 in Denver, Colorado by Dave and Gail Liniger. It has grown to a global network of nearly 110,000 Sales Associates in more than 65 countries. No one sells more real estate than RE/MAX. Nearly all home listings can be found at www.OurValleyHomes.com
RE/MAX is proud to help raise millions of dollars and support charitable organizations like, Cell Phones For Soldiers, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Survivor Recognition Program, Children’s Miracle Network and The Sentinels of Freedom Foundation.
RE/MAX Valley Real Estate, Boardman, Ohio was founded in 2000 by top producing agents who wanted an organization that would better serve the unique needs of top producers in the Mahoning Valley. 'Above The Crowd' leadership is a critical part of our company’s success. Our commitment is to provide comprehensive support services to our agents in the area of technology, education and marketing to better serve the real estate needs of our clients.
For More Information about Cell Phones For Soldiers or RE/MAX Valley Real Estate contact:
Al Leonard, CEO, RE/MAX Valley Real Estate
(330) 720-3619 or firstname.lastname@example.org.