Cell Phone Collections for Soldiers at SNHU

Tuesday, March 25, 2008
SNHU Communications Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Gregg Mazzola                             
Director of Communications                            
Southern New Hampshire University                                                             
603.629.4649                                                                                     
g.mazzola@snhu.edu      
       

Cell Phone Collections for Soldiers at SNHU

Cell Phones for Soldiers hopes to turn old cell phones into more than 12 million minutes of prepaid calling cards for U.S. troops stationed overseas in 2008. Faculty, staff and students can help soldiers phone home by placing old cell phones and chargers into the drop box located next to the Info Booth in the Student Center. SNHU then forwards the phones to CPFS founders Robbie and Brittany Berquist.

The Bergquists, teenagers from Norwell, Mass., started CPFS with $21 of their own money. Since then, their registered 501c3 nonprofit organization has raised almost $1 million in donations and distributed more than 400,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.

“Cell Phones for Soldiers started as a small way to show our family’s appreciation for the men and women who have sacrificed the day-to-day contact with their own families to serve in the U.S. armed forces,” says the teens’ father, Bob Bergquist. “Over the past few years, we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of others. But we have also seen the need to support our troops continue to grow as more troops are sent overseas for longer assignments.”

The phones are sent to ReCellular, which pays CPFS for each donated phone.  Each phone provides one hour of talk time to soldiers abroad.  Please visit http://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/ or call 603.645.9668 for more information.

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