You know that old, no-longer-used cell phone that’s not doing anything but hogging up space in your junk drawer? Put it to better use by donating it to Cell Phones for Soldiers. This nonprofit organization recycles old cell phones to raise money to buy phone cards for military men and women serving overseas. Here’s how easy it is to make sure soldiers can call their moms:
- Package old cell phones in a box or envelope for shipping.
- Go to the Cell Phones for Soldiers website to download a free postage-paid mailing label.
- Send the package off using First Class mail from the U.S. Postal Service.
If you’re feeling extra-generous, put the postage on the package yourself. Here’s why: If the charity doesn’t have to pay postage for your package, it can spend that money on phone cards. (You can still use a preprinted label. Simply place your postage over the area that says “No postage necessary if mailed in the United States,” like I did, below.)
Request a free prepaid calling card for your deployed loved one. Cell Phones for Soldiers will mail a prepaid calling card to any servicemember stationed overseas upon request. Simply enter that person’s name and APO/FPO address in the “Request Calling Cards” section of the website. (I just ordered one for my Adopt an MP soldier.)