As part of a national project called Cell Phones for Soldiers, Columbus Technical College is asking for your working or non-working old cell phones, Palms, iPhones, Blackberries, chargers, etc. The phones will be recycled and “turned into” pre-paid phone cards for our soldiers to call home. The donated phones are sent to a company called ReCellular which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each phone. In turn, the money is used to purchase prepaid calling cards which are sent to our troops serving overseas. Each old cell phone translates into about 60 minutes of free talk time for troops and their loved ones back home.
In a press release, the co-founder of Cell Phones for Soldiers, Robbie Bergquist, reported, “If just two percent of Americans donate their old phones, we could supply every soldier with a free call home.”
The Columbus Technical College drive will run until September 30. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors of the college will be greeted by brightly decorated donation boxes at the Information Desk in the Hartline Building (see photo) and at the Student Center in Patrick Hall.