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Hoffman encourages residents to support troops by donating old cell phones


BELLEVILLE – State Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, is reminding residents that his constituent service office serves as a permanent drop-off location for Cell Phones for Soldiers, a nonprofit organization that helps military members call home while serving overseas, and asking local residents to donate their unused cell phones.

Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded in 2004 and has provided more than 220 million minutes of free talk time to servicemen and women stationed around the world through its calling card program, Minutes that Matter.

The program raises funds by recycling old cell phones, then purchases prepaid international calling cards and gives them to soldiers serving abroad. For every phone valued at $5, Cell Phones for Soldiers is able to provide two and a half hours of free talk time to deployed troops. Cell Phones for Soldiers distributes an average of 3,200 calling cards each week to bases, care package programs, deployment ceremonies and VA hospitals around the world. More information is available at

“If you received a new phone for Christmas this year, or if you just have an old phone lying around, please consider making a donation to Cell Phones for Soldiers,” Hoffman said. “We are all grateful for the service and sacrifices made by our soldiers, and this is one simple way to show your gratitude.”

The office is at 312 S. High St., Belleville.

— From the Illinois Business Journal

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