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Cellphone drive would aid soldiers

By: 
MACKENZIE ISSLER
Publication: 
Newsday
Jul
21
2014

Suffolk County Legis. William R. Spencer has teamed up with the nonprofit Cell Phones for Soldiers, and is asking Huntington residents to help troops call home by donating old cellphones.

The drive ends on Aug. 15, and there are several drop-off points in town.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to thank a soldier for ... selfless act and let them know just how much their time and sacrifice is appreciated,” Spencer (D-Centerport) said in a statement.
“Our goal is to collect 300 old cellphones in 30 days and, I am confident that our wonderful community of giving people will make that happen,” Spencer said.

Cell Phones For Soldiers was founded in 2004, and since then, the charity has provided more than 204 million minutes of free talk time to servicemen and women stationed worldwide through its calling card program, “Minutes That Matter,” the statement said.
Funds raised from the recycling of cellular phones are used to purchase prepaid international calling cards. On average, Cell Phones For Soldiers distributes 7,500 calling cards each week to bases worldwide, care package programs, deployment ceremonies and VA hospitals, the statement said.

“Each year, we have been humbled by the amount of people like Legis. William Spencer, that take the initiative to support our troops,” said co-founder Brittany Bergquist, in the statement.

The collection box locations are at: Spencer’s office, 15 Park Circle, Suite 209, Centerport; Halesite Fire Department, 1 New York Ave.; Huntington Fire Department: 1 Leverich Place; Northport Fire Department: 204 Main St.; Greenlawn Fire Department, 23 Boulevard Ave.; Cold Spring Harbor Library, 2 Main St.; Northport Library, 151 Laurel Ave.; East Northport Library, 185 Larkfield Road; and Harborfields Public Library: 31 Broadway, Greenlawn.