1-800-Mini-Storage collected more than 700 used cell phones to support U.S. troops. The phones will be recycled or refurbished and sold to purchase calling cards for U.S. soldiers.
Last year, the company’s three Detroit locations partnered with non-profit organization Cell Phones for Soldiers to become collection points. Started five years ago by Massachusetts siblings Brittany and Robbie Bergquist, the organization has raised $4 million and distributed hundreds of thousands of pre-paid calling cards to troops. Brittany received the phones from 1-800-Mini-Storage at ReCellular, the Dexter, Mich., company responsible for recycling and selling them.
Cell Phones for Soldiers collected 4 million phones last year and 2 million this year; it sends about 7,200 phone cards per week to soldiers abroad. Each card allows for a free hour of talk time.
1-800-Mini Storage will continue make collections of used cell phones, old cell-phone batteries, chargers, PDAs and accessories.