Jesiel Partners with Cell Phones for Soldiers to Support Troops in May

GURNEE – State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) is partnering with Cell Phones for Soldiers and asking residents of the 61st District to help troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones. Although 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, residents can provide a lifeline for America’s bravest. Jesiel’s office at 17801 W. Washington St. in Gurnee will be accepting phones all May.

During the month of May, Military Appreciation Month, Jesiel is highlighting the program to show the support of the community for active-duty service members and veterans. “We are very lucky to have so many men and women that willingly serve and protect our freedom,” said Jesiel. “Many of us have cell phones we no longer use that are in great shape; why not donate them to help a soldier in need call home?”

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 213 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 3,000 calling cards each week to bases around the world, care package programs, deployment ceremonies, and VA hospitals.

Cell Phones for Soldiers fuels its mission through generous monetary contributions and the recycling of donated mobile phones. Newer or gently-used mobile phones from all service providers are accepted. Each donated device will provide troops with 2.5 hours of FREE talk time. Since 2004, more than 11.6 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.

If you have a cell phone you no longer need and would like to support our troops, please stop by Rep. Jesiel’s office at 17801 W. Washington St. in Gurnee. The office is open Monday through Friday; 9am to 4pm. Call 847-855-8600 for additional information.

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