Texas Tech Organizations Sponsor “Cell Phones for Soldiers” in April

Recycling of cell phones helps soldiers call home.

A number of organizations across the Texas Tech University campus are partnering throughout the month of April to collect used cell phones for the Cell Phones for Soldiers project.

“Cell Phones for Soldiers is a non-profit campaign which collects old, used and even broken phones,” said Jeffrey Poole, a senior geophysics major from Austin, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army, and event coordinator for the Texas Tech Veterans Association. “The phones are sold to refurbishing companies and the proceeds are used to purchase phone cards for our deployed military.”

Poole said the campaign is important because it helps connect soldiers, marines, and airmen with their families from whom they spend long periods of time apart.

“I’ve been in their shoes and I know how difficult it is to be disconnected from your loved ones,” said Poole, who served two tours in Iraq.

Dates, times and locations of cell phone collection are as follows:

April 3, 7 p.m., SUB Allen Theater: Tech Price is Right

April 5, 10 a.m., SUB west plaza

April 11, 11 a.m., SUB west basement: Bobble Heads

April 13, 5 p.m., Frazier Pavilion: RaiderFest

April 19, 10 a.m., SUB west plaza

April 26, 10 a.m., SUB west plaza

April 27, 11 a.m., Memorial Circle: Arbor Day

Cell phones also can be donated at the MVP office located in Doak Hall and the TAB office located in the SUB from April 2 to April 27.

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CONTACT: Jeffrey Poole, event coordinator, Texas Tech Veterans Association, (703) 772-5496 or jeffrey.poole@ttu.edu.