Our friends over at the Marine Depot Blog submitted a post about this yesterday and we were so impressed with their committment to such an important cause that we thought we would try to help increase exposure about what they are doing.
Marine Depot describes ‘Cell Phones For Soldiers’ as follows :
Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by Norwell, MA teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist 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.
What Marine Depot are doing is very commendable and I raise my hat to them for doing this. With the first 4,000 purchases made during the month of April they are including a pre-paid envelope with the shipped package which you can then put one of your old phones in which, when posted will be sent to a company who give Cell Phones For Soldiers money for each phone – enough money to provide about an hour to talk time to soldiers who are based abroad.
The phones are either then reconditioned or recycled.
If I was a soldier abroad I know that I would appreciate being able to phone my loved ones at home – wouldn’t you?
So if you have an old phone lying around somewhere or want to contribute to this worthy cause then why not pop over to Marine Depot, make your next purchase there and when you receive your package there will be a pre-paid envelope in their for you to send you old phone back.
Even if you don’t need anything for your aquarium at the moment then why not just go to Marine Depot and purchase some fish food, test kits, media etc just so that you can get the envelope.
In my opinion it is a very worthwhile cause and the more people who contribute the better.
Check out the post on the Marine Depot Blog