Rahway Elks Collecting Cell Phones For Soldiers

RAHWAY — Did you receive a new cell phone this holiday season? The Rahway Lodge #1075 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and non-profit Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. are asking everyone to help troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones.

With ongoing deployments to combat areas and elsewhere, as many as 369,000 troops are serving in the U.S. military overseas. By donating gently-used cellular phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers, you can provide troops with that precious connection to loved ones back home.

Beginning in January, residents can donate their phones to the cause at the Rahway Elks Lodge located at 122 W. Milton Avenue in Rahway.

Cell Phones for Soldiers has provided more than 114 million minutes of free talk time to service men and women stationed around the world. Funds raised from the recycling of cellular phones are used to purchase pre-paid international calling cards. On average, Cell Phones for Soldiers distributes 12,000 calling cards each week to bases around the world, care package programs, deployment ceremonies and VA hospitals.

“Each year we have been humbled by the amount of people and organizations like The Elks that take the initiative to support our troops,” said co-founder Brittany Bergquist. “We have also watched the communication gap between our armed forces and their loved ones continue to grow as more troops are deployed for their third or fourth tour overseas.”

Donated phones are sent to Michigan-based ReCellular for recycling. For every donated phone Cell Phones for Soldiers is able to provide two and a half hours of free talk time to deployed troops.

To learn more about Cell Phones for Soldiers, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

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