Apr 03, 2013

 180 Michigan-Based Banking Centers Collecting Gently-Used Phones

Norwell, Mass. (April 2, 2013) – In support of deployed military men and women, 180 Bank of America banking centers will collect gently-used mobile phones to benefit national charity Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. Funds raised from donated devices will allow Cell Phones for Soldiers to bridge the communication gap for Michigan-based military families during deployments with free calling cards, allowing loved ones to hear each other’s voices.

“Bank of America Michigan is very excited to once again partner with Cell Phones for Soldiers,” said Scott Ward of Bank of America. “As the Chairman for the Michigan Military Support Group for Bank of America, I can say that we really enjoyed great success last year with our partnership. We were able to collect 900 used cell phones, and of course our goal this year is to surpass 1,000 phones collected.”

Customers and employees are encouraged to donate gently-used phones during business hours from April 1 through April 30 at Michigan-based banking centers, mortgage offices, commercial lending centers, Merrill Lynch offices and U.S. Trust buildings.

“We are so thankful for Bank of America’s efforts,” said Brittany Bergquist, co-founder of Cell Phones for Soldiers. “We want to continue to mend the communication gap between our armed forces and their loved ones as troops continue to serve our county abroad.”

In almost nine years, Cell Phones for Soldiers has distributed 181 million minutes of talk time. Funds for the program are raised through the recycling and refurbishing of used mobile phones as well as through cash donations. To date, more than 10.8 million cell phones have been recycled by Cell Phones for Soldiers. For more information visit

Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans. Based in Norwell, Mass., Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old. The organization has provided 181 million minutes of free talk time to deployed military members. Beginning in 2012, “Helping Heroes Home” provides emergency funds for returning veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. For more information, visit, or


Media Contact:
Erin McCloskey
ASPIRE Communications for Cell Phones for Soldiers
(336) 207-5222



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