TAMPA - Cell Phones for Soldiers and the Pak Mail Center at 4522 W. Village Drive are asking area residents to support the 150,000 men and women serving overseas by donating unused cell phones. Cell Phones for Soldiers recycles the phones, and proceeds are used to send prepaid calling cards to soldiers in order to help keep troops connected with their families.
The goal is to collect 50,000 cell phones, through partnerships with companies like Pak Mail that have multiple dropoff locations.
"We are proud to show our support for U.S. soldiers, and participate in a worthy program like Cell Phones for Soldiers," said Tony Hyder, owner of the Carrollwood Pak Mail Center.
Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist from Norwell, Mass., with $21 of their own money. Since then, the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization has raised almost $1 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.
Call (813) 960-4006 or visit www.carrollwoodpakmail.com for information.