Cell phones for soldiers

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By Melvin L. McCorkle

Following this Fourth of July, please plan to donate your old cell phones to support our service men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. You can do this by taking them to any Los Alamos Fire Station to donate.

The locations are:

Station 1:  West Jemez Road at TA 3 Bldg. 41

Station 2:  132 DP Road at TA 73 Bldg. 19

Station 3:  129 State Road 4

Station 4:  4401 Diamond Drive at TA 00 Bldg. 1096

Station 5:  State Rd 501 at TA 16 Bldg. 180

Station 6:  457 East Rd at TA 73 Bldg. 4 and

Fire Administration: 195 East Rd Suite 101

The County Council has issued a proclamation that July is “Cell Phone for Soldiers” month.

The program was founded in 2004 by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, who heard about a soldier stationed in Iraq with more than $7,000 in cell phone bills — they raised money through car washes and donations to help the soldier pay his phone bill and when word of their charity made national news, the outpouring of public support was so great that they decided to establish “Cell Phones for Soldiers.”

Since 2004, this national non-profit organization has raised almost $2 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers overseas.

Americans replace an estimated 130 million cell phones every year and the Los Alamos Fire Department plans to lead a local drive to collect old cell phones here in the county.

The cell phones will be sent to ReCellular, a mobile device recycler, which pays $5 for every donated phone — and that equals one hour of talk time to a soldier stationed abroad.

 To learn more about the program look visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

So let’s get behind the program, clean out those old cell phones that you no longer use, including chargers and other equipment and simply donate them to the Cell Phone for Soldiers Program and any fire station.

What a great way to support our service men and women.

Melvin L. McCorkle

Los Alamos