Times Square Station, NY, June 07, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Americans will replace an estimated 150 million cell phones this year, with the majority of phones either discarded or stuffed in a drawer. “Most people don’t realize that donating their unwanted phones can have a tremendous benefit for a worthy cause like Cell Phones for Soldiers” said Hank Oprinski, Chief Investment Officer at Capital Earnings & Research.
Cell Phones for Soldiers hopes to turn old cell phones into more than 12 million minutes of prepaid calling cards for U.S. troops stationed overseas in 2008. The phones are sent to ReCellular, Inc. which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers enough to provide an hour of talk time per phone to soldiers abroad.
The charitable organization was founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist from Norwell, MA, with $21 of their own money. Since then, they have raised millions of dollars in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.
Through increased fundraising efforts, the Bergquist family hopes to raise more than $9 million in 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.
“One of the founding principles of Capital Earnings & Research is to build a successful business that is both socially and environmentally responsible,” says Oprinski. “It is a great honor and privilege to offer support to such a worthy and inspiring effort as the Bergquists’ Cell Phones for Soldiers and that of ReCellular, Inc.”
Visit the website, cellphonesforsoldiers, for more information, including a list of donation and collection sites across the country.