TOLEDO, Ohio – The Toledo Walleye are pleased to announce today their plans to collect old cell phones at home games on Friday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov. 12. Both games are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Fans are encouraged to bring their old cell phones to the Huntington Center and place them in collection bins that will be set up near each entrance.
The cell phone drive is part of Military Appreciation Night presented by Stautzenberger College. On Friday, the team will wear special patriotic themed jerseys that will be auctioned off for Heroes in Action, a military support group.
Cell Phones for Soldiers hopes to turn old cell phones into more than 12 million minutes of pre-paid calling cards for U.S. troops stationed overseas. To do so, Cell Phones for Soldiers expects to collect 50,000 cell phones each month through a network of more than 3,000 collection sites across the country.
The phones are sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each donated phone – enough to provide an hour of talk time to soldiers abroad.
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 $2 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.