Donate old cell phones to soldiers in honor of Veterans Day

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - South Mississippians can turn old cell phones in to calls home for U.S. soldiers. Advanced Disposal is working with Gulf Coast communities and Cell Phones for Soldiers to collect used cell phones in honor of Veterans Day. The recycled cell phones will provide soldiers serving overseas with prepaid calling cards to stay in touch their families back home.

This week, Advanced Disposal will place Cell Phones for Soldiers donation bags inside customers' recycling containers in several local communities, in hopes of collecting cell phone donations in honor of Veterans Day. Residents can simply place an old, unwanted cell phone inside the envelope, seal it up and leave it in their mailbox. There is no postage necessary and no charge to the participant.

Each donated cell phone provides a soldier overseas with 60 minutes of prepaid calling service so they may phone their families back home.

In the past year, Advanced Disposal has collected 1,527 cell phones, resulting in 91,620 minutes of talk time for soldiers. With this year's contributions that number will grow even higher.

"Last year's partnership with Cell Phones for Soldiers was a great success, and we're excited to bring it to even more communities this year," said Advanced Disposal's Chief Marketing Officer Mary O'Brien. "This is a wonderful way to encourage recycling and show our appreciation for our soldiers fighting abroad and for all veterans, who have served our country throughout history."

Cell Phones for Soldiers was created by Brittany & Robbie Bergquist of Norwell MA. After reading a story about a soldier who ran up a huge phone bill calling home from Iraq, these two teenagers decided to help out. They started by opening an account with $21 of their own money. They are collecting cash donations and old cell phones. The cell phones are recycled for cash and the proceeds are used to buy prepaid calling cards for our soldiers serving in the Middle East.

Cell Phones For Soldiers is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Their goal is to provide every US soldier with a way to call home for free.

In addition to the envelopes being placed in customers' recycling containers, Advanced Disposal will coordinate inner-office drop boxes at all Advanced Disposal locations in the area. It will also be working with various businesses and organizations around the city to provide them with envelopes and drop boxes for their offices and employees if they wish to get involved.

If your business or organization would like to participate or donate old cell phones, please email Advanced Disposal at for the closest Advanced Disposal drop off location.

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