Donate old phones and help soldiers call home

  • Friday, December 20, 2013

PAK MAIL and nonprofit Cell Phones for Soldiers are asking Charleston residents to help troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones.

Although the military landscape is ever changing, as many as 200,000 troops are serving in the U.S. military overseas around the world. By donating to Cell Phones for Soldiers, Charleston residents can provide troops with that precious connection to loved ones back home.

Residents can donate their phones at PAK MAIL locations, including:

976 Houston Northcutt Blvd. in Mount Pleasant.

“Any person shipping to an APO/FPO address will be given a one-hour phone card, to send to their soldier.” Bill Pysh, owner, said.

Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded in 2004 by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist at the ages of 12 and 13.

The charity has since provided 192 million minutes of free talk time to servicemen and women stationed around the world.

Funds raised from the recycling of cellular phones are used to purchase prepaid international calling cards.

For more information, please visit CHARLESTONSHIPPING.COM or www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

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