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November 9, 2013

Bringing Cell Phones for Soldiers to Terre Haute

TERRE HAUTE — AT&T Mobility  in Terre Haute is again participating in the Cell Phones for Soldiers program to assist the U.S. Armed Forces.

During Veterans Day weekend, anyone can drop off unused cell phones to be recycled for pre-paid phone minutes that are distributed to active-dury military members.

“This is an absolutely great thing to do,” retail store manager Rosalyn L. Gibbs said Friday. “One of our representatives in this store is in the National Guard, and he is on duty now. That’s why this is a big focus for us.”

Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded in 2004 by teen-agers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, who started with only $21. The program relies on cash contributions and the donation of gently-used cell phones. Since 2004, the program has provided troops with 192 million minutes of free talk time and distributed more than 2.7 million international calling cards. More than 11 million cell phones have been recycled.

In 2013, the program has contribute more than 11 million minutes of free talk time and more than 185,000 calling cards.

A $5 donation is worth 2.5 hours of talk time. A $100 donation gets 50 hours – or 3,000 minutes – of talk time.

The Cell Phone for Soldiers Drive will occur at the AT&T Store located at 5657 S. US 41, next to Panera Bread. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday.

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