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United Helpers donates cell phones

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American soldiers will stay better connected with their loved ones thanks to United Helpers and Verizon of Ogdensburg. United Helpers recently donated more than 70 cell phones to the Cell Phones for Soldiers project with help from Verizon.

Cell Phones for Soldiers, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans. Since its inception in 2004, Cell Phones for Soldiers has provided more than 200 million minutes of free talk time and mails more than 8,000 free calling cards to soldiers each week. In addition to providing free communication and linkage to home, Cell Phones for Soldiers helps to keep cell phones out of landfills, recycling more than 11 million phones each year.

“Getting these phones together was a great project for United Helpers, the men and women that will receive free communication with home, and the environment,” said Susan Cryderman, United Helpers’ employee and member of the United Helpers organizational Sustainability Committee. “This is just one of the many sustainability initiatives that United Helpers has created to reduce our carbon footprint.”

Verizon is a drop-off site for the Cell Phones for Soldiers program. From their stores, phones are sent to a company that pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each donated phone. For every $5 in revenue that is generated, soldiers receive about 2.5 hours of talk time.

To learn more about donating to Cell Phones for Soldiers, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com. To learn more about United Helpers and their sustainability efforts, visit online at www.unitedhelpers.org.

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