I recently received an order from Amazon.com and included in the box was a self-addressed envelope from Cell Phones for Soldiers that would allow me to donate a cell phone that I no longer use.
The envelope came with instructions on how to donate the old phone, making it extremely easy to just pop the phone in the self-sealing bag and drop it in the mail. What a great cause and what a great idea. I was interested in why Amazon sent the Cell Phones for Soldiers bag, especially since I ordered a vegetarian cookbook and a yoga video and I didn’t buy anything technology related.
This is what Amazon said: Amazon recently began including the Cell Phones for Soldiers envelopes in nearly every order they ship out and the program will continue for the foreseeable future. It seems the program is fairly new and has generated quite a lot of buzz from their customers who wanted to know more about the charity.
Cell Phones for Soldiers is an awesome program which started in 2004 by then 13-year-old Brittany Bergquist and her 12-year-old brother Robbie of Norwell, Massachusetts. They wanted to help soldiers serving overseas keep in touch with their families, so the siblings started the 501(c)3 with their own money. The pair recycles old cell phones that are dropped off at donation spots around the country and with the money earned from recycling the phones they purchase prepaid calling cards to donate to the troops.0
The last time I got a new phone, I had it recycled by my carrier, but it is not uncommon for a friend to ask what they should do with an old phone. Stay tuned to the Mobile Future site for recycling and donation tips, but in the mean time, check out Cell Phones for Soldiers.
These kids are doing such a good thing by saving the environment and helping the troops. And I’m pretty sure they’re storing up quite a bit of good karma, too.