CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS AND MAYOR JOSEPH DeIORIO
KICKS OFF CELL PHONE COLLECTION DRIVE IN THE
BOROUGH OF ROSELLE PARK
Roselle Park, NJ July 17, 2008 – More than 150,000 troops are serving overseas and are away from their families. Cell Phones for Soldiers and The Borough of Roselle Park are calling on all Americans to support for these brave men and women by donating your unused cell phones. Cell Phones for Soldiers hopes to collect over 50,000 cell phones to help keep troops connected with their families.
“For the loved ones of soldiers serving abroad, Memorial Day is much more than a long holiday weekend,” says Brittany Bergquist, Cell Phones for Soldiers co-founder. “We’re asking Americans to make a small sacrifice of support by donating their unused cell phones, providing families with a much-needed connection to their loved ones overseas.”
Local residents can support the collection drive by donating their phones at any Roselle Park location, including:
Borough Hall, 110 E. Westfield Avenue
Roselle Park Library, 404 Chestnut Street
Casano Community Center, 314 Chestnut Street
“We’re proud to show our support for U.S. soldiers, and to contribute to a worthy cause like Cell Phones for Soldiers,” says Mayor Joseph DeIorio.
Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist from Norwell, Mass., with $21 of their own money. Since then, the registered 501c3 non-profit organization has raised almost $1 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.
“We have been overwhelmed by the generous support of thousands of Americans who have helped our troops speak with their loved ones,” says the teens’ father, Bob Bergquist. “However the need for support keeps growing as more soldiers are sent to the Middle East or are asked to serve extended tours of duty.”