On this Veteran’s Day, let us honor and remember those who are risking their lives for our country. Let’s support our Troops by dropping off your old cell phones to any Trucchi’s Supermarket location. Cell phones in any condition are appreciated because they are recycled. The proceeds from the recycled phones are used to purchase prepaid calling cards.
Cell Phones for Soldiers began in 2004 when siblings Brittany and Robbie Bergquist of Norwell, Massachusetts -then 13 and 12, heard about a Massachusetts Army Reserve sergeant who had accumulated a $7,624 cell phone bill calling his family while in Iraq.
What started as a small school collection, received an overwhelming surge in contributions and quickly ignited the inspiration to launch Cell Phones for Soldiers as a formal 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
The Department of Defense is unable to accept donated phones for security reasons. The Bergquist family adopted a novel approach to fundraising: recycling cell phones and using the proceeds to buy prepaid calling cards. In total, Cell Phones for Soldiers has raised more than $7 million and provided more than 90 million minutes of free talk time. Due to the mobile phone recycling program, more than 7.5 million cell phones have been recycled since 2004, thus reducing the impact on landfills.
By donating, you are making it possible for a soldier to reconnect with their loved ones. Many of us keep in touch with family and friends constantly and take it for granted. What if that contact was cut off? Every day men and women leave everything they know and love behind, just to protect our freedom and way of life. Our troops are willing to put their lives on the line to fight for their country and all of our hometowns, the very least we can do is afford them a call home.
As the local hometown supermarket for several towns in southeastern Massachusetts, we have many loyal customers sharing our company’s passion for helping to feed local families in need and our strong appreciation of our troops.
Trucchi’s Supermarkets is doing its best to spread the word, in the hopes of promoting Cell Phones for Soldiers’ mission of helping every member of the Armed Services call home for free. Help us contribute and make a difference in the lives of our soldiers and their families.
Make it your mission this Veterans Day to stop by Trucchi’s to donate your used cell phone to support a great cause. Please remember that we collect for Cell Phones For Soldiers year round!