CSE Federal Credit Union (CSE) and nonprofit Cell Phones For Soldiers are asking Southwest Louisiana residents to help troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones.

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The military landscape is ever-changing, as many as 200,000 troops are serving in the United States military overseas around the world. By donating to Cell Phones For Soldiers, CSE can provide a lifeline for America’s bravest.

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Beginning today, residents can donate their phones and/or tablets at CSE locations, including:

  • · 4321 Nelson Rd., Lake Charles, LA 70605
  • · 2154 Swisco Rd., Sulphur, LA 70605
  • · 1170 Sam Houston Jones Pkwy, Lake Charles 70611
  • · 1715 Elton Rd., Jennings, LA 70546

Cell Phones For Soldiers was founded in 2004 by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist at the ages of 12 and 13. The charity has since provided more than 400 million minutes of free talk time to servicemen and women stationed around the world through its calling card program, Minutes That Matter. Funds raised from the recycling of cellular phones are used to purchase prepaid international calling cards. On average, Cell Phones For Soldiers distributes 2,500 calling cards each week to bases around the world, care package programs, deployment ceremonies, and VA hospitals.

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Cell Phones For Soldiers co-founder Robbie Bergquist said this in a press release:

Each year we have been humbled by the number of people and organizations like CSE that take the initiative to support our military members. The communication gap between military members actively serving and their families is a crucial need that Cell Phones For Soldiers is committed to addressing for years to come.

For every donated phone valued at $5, Cell Phones For Soldiers is able to provide two and a half hours of free talk time to deployed troops.

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Since 2004, more than 20 million phones have been recycled or repurposed. Approximately half of the phones processed are reconditioned and reused. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and responsibly recycled to reclaim materials, including:

  • Gold, silver, and platinum from circuit boards
  • Copper wiring from phone chargers
  • Nickel, iron, cadmium, and lead from battery packs

For more information, please visit csefcu.org or cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

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