September 9, 2011
Cell Phones for Soldiers hopes to collect 50,000 phones in order to purchase calling cards for soldiers.
For the more than 150,000 troops stationed overseas, isolation from loved ones can be relentless.
A simple call home can serve as an encouraging ray of hope.
Next week, students, faculty and staff at Texas Tech can help create more of these moments by donating old cell phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday (Sept. 12-16) outside the Student Union Building.
Proceeds from 50,000 old cell phones the organization hopes to collect this year will be used to purchase calling cards to help troops connect with loved ones at home.
Monty Trimble, president of the Texas Tech Veterans Association, was deployed four times and spent eight years overseas where communication is not as instant as in the U.S. He remembers one instance where he placed a seven-minute call for $65.
“The phone cards are a great morale booster,” Trimble said. “Just being able to call home and talk to someone that you have not seen in a while is enough to lift your spirits for a week or more.”
Sponsored by Student Union and Activities and the Texas Tech Military and Veterans Program, this cell phone drive officially begins accepting cell phones at 12:30 p.m., Sunday (Sept. 11) at the women’s soccer game at John Walker Soccer Complex.
To find out more about the Cell Phones For Soldiers program, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.