Cell Phones for Soldiers

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Duksa Family Funeral Homes and non-profit Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. are asking residents of central Connecticut to help troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones. With ongoing deployments to combat areas and elsewhere, as many as 369,000 troops are serving in the U.S. military overseas. By donating gently-used cellular phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers, area residents can provide troops with that precious connection to loved ones back home.

Siblings Robbie and Brittany Bergquist founded Cell Phones for Soldiers at the ages of 12 and 13. The charity has since provided more than 114 million minutes of free talk time to service men and women stationed around the world. Funds raised from the recycling of cellular phones are used to purchase pre-paid international calling cards. For every donated phone valued at just $5, Cell Phones for Soldiers is able to provide two and a half hours of free talk time to deployed troops.  On average, Cell Phones for Soldiers distribute 12,000 calling cards each week to bases around the world, care package programs, deployment ceremonies and VA hospitals.

“Each year we have been humbled by the amount of people and organizations like Duksa Family Funeral Homes that take the initiative to support our troops,” said co-founder Brittany Bergquist. “We have also watched the communication gap between our armed forces and their loved ones continue to grow as more troops are deployed for their third or fourth tour overseas.”

Duksa Family Funeral Homes is making a special effort to help US troops overseas stay connected with their families.  Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Avenue, Newington and Burritt Hill Funeral Home, 332 Burritt Street, New Britain are official drop-off locations for the “Cell Phones for Soldiers” collection drive.  Stop in and drop off your used cell phones in the “Cell Phones for Soldiers” basket in our lobbies.  For more information please feel free to contact us at 860-666-0600 or by writing to: info@newingtonmemorial.com.

 

« Back to News & Community Programs

Duksa Family Funeral Homes
Cell Phones for Soldiers