Pioneer Spirit Joins Forces With Cell Phones For Soldiers
DO YOU have a couple of old cell
phones lying around, and you don’t know what to do with them?
Give them to a good cause — Operation Pioneer Spirit - who
will then turn them over to Cell Phones for Soldiers. Operation
Pioneer Spirit recently joined this effort to assist our
soldiers who want to call home. Operation Pioneer Spirit is
asking area folks to drop off all their used cell phones at Potter
Chiropractic, 300 N. 5th
Street or WBBZ Radio Station, 1601 E. Oklahoma.
Pioneer Spirit will then collect and mail these old cell phones,
working or not, to Cell Phones for Soldiers which will mail
prepaid calling cards to Operation Pioneer Spirit to include in
boxes sent to area troops stationed in Iraq, Kuwait, and
Afghanistan. It doesn’t matter what kind of cell phone,
or if it is working or not, any cell phone is accepted.
will replace an estimated 130 million cell phones this year,”
says Mary Anne Potter, founder of Operation Pioneer Spirit,
after speaking with an official at Cell Phones for Soldiers.
“The majority of phones are either discarded or stuffed
into a kitchen drawer. Most people don’t realize that
the small sacrifice of donating their unwanted phones can have a
tremendous benefit for our soldiers who can then call home for
free. For a 7-year-old
who's missing his daddy and a father thousands of miles away at
war, a phone call is not just a chance to catch up: It's the
only way to cope. Just hearing the voice of your loved one who
is so far from home means so much to the families.
Operation Pioneer Spirit recently reached the incredible
milestone of mailing 6000+ boxes to our Oklahoma troops.
Now, we can include prepaid phone cards in each box, as well as,
other necessities,” Potter added.
Robbie and Brittany Bergquist from Norwell, Mass. founded cell
Phones for Soldiers, in April 2004, 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
400,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.
Phones for Soldiers started as a small way to show our
family’s appreciation for the men and women who have
sacrificed the day-to-day contact with their own families to
serve in the U.S. armed forces,” says the teens’ father, Bob
Bergquist. “Over the past few years, we have been overwhelmed
by the generosity of others. But, we have also seen the need to
support our troops continue to grow as more troops are sent
overseas for longer assignments.”
donating, you can delete all your personal information if you
want. To learn how to erase personal information, you can visit
the following Internet website: http://www.recellular.com/recycling/data_eraser/default.asp
you would rather let Cell Phones For Soldiers do that, then just
bring your old cell phones to Potter Chiropractic, 300 N. 5th
or WBBZ Radio Station, 1601 E. Oklahoma. “Who would have
thought that all these old cell phones we have lying around, can
help our soldiers and their families stay in touch. Our goal is
to mail 6,000 cell phones before Ponca City’s 45th
Infantry comes home.” Potter concluded.