Anderson-McQueen Funeral and Cremation Centers Kicks Off Cell Phones for Soldiers Collection Drive
Anderson-McQueen Funeral and Cremation Centers, in conjunction with Veterans & Family Memorial Care, is calling on St. Petersburg residents to support these brave men and women by donating old cell phones so they may stay connected to their families.
Phones can be dropped off at these Anderson McQueen locations:
Northeast St. Petersburg Funeral Center
2201 Dr. M.L. King Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33704
Tyrone Funeral Center
7820 38th Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
“We are proud to support U.S. troops and to assist a worthy cause like Cell Phones for Soldiers,” said John McQueen, chief operations officer for Anderson-McQueen. “We understand the value of families, and this is just a small thing we can do to help connect loved ones overseas.”
Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist of Norwell, Massachusetts with $21 of their own money. Since then, the registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization has raised nearly $1 million in donations and has distributed more than 500,000 pre-paid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.
The donated phones are sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each phone, enough to provide an hour of talk time to soldiers abroad. Approximately half of the phones ReCellular processes are re-conditioned and re-sold to wholesale companies in over 40 countries around the world. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and recycled to reclaim materials.
Anderson-McQueen is a second-generation funeral home and the only private, on-premise crematory serving the St. Petersburg area. Best known for personalized funerals, Anderson-McQueen offers unique services that may include memorial videos, balloon or butterfly releases, live webcasts, and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle hearse. Pet Passages, cremation services for pets, is a growing area of service. Additional information about Anderson-McQueen Funeral and Cremation Centers can be found online at www.andersonmcqueen.com.