Local Webmaster Provides Cell Phones to Soldiers

Between cell phones and the Internet, students at Elon are able to talk to their families every day. But soldiers fighting overseas do not have this convenience. They may go for weeks or months without any contact home.

Alamance County web-master Scott Ward is trying to change that by bringing Cell Phones for Soldiers to Alamance County.

“I’ve had family in the military. I’ve had friends in the military and I know how hard it can be for the soldiers overseas to be so far away from their homes,” Ward, said.

Founded by two teenagers from Massachusetts, Cell Phones for Soldiers is a simple process. People donate old phones, which are sent to a recycling center. The recycling center pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each phone. One phone can provide about one hour of talk time to a soldier.

Since 2004, Cell Phones for Soldiers has received more than 2 million cell phone donations and have turned those cell phones into more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards for soldiers.

Scott Ward brought this fundraiser to Alamance County. “[It was] an opportunity that I presented to our former county manager who really appreciated the idea and liked the project,” he says. “I certainly have had a heart for our soldiers for most of my life.”

If you’re interested in donating a cell phone to Cell Phones for soldiers, there are drop boxes at the Alamance county office in downtown Graham and at the AT&T store at Alamance Crossing. For more information, log on to www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

-Laura Levitt

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