The SUNY Canton Veterans Association is collecting used cellphones to help deployed troops keep in touch with loved ones.
Donated phones are sold for refurbishment or recycling, and the profits are used to purchase calling cards for soldiers overseas. Donation bins are located in French Hall, the Richard W. Miller Campus Center, Cook Hall, Dana Hall and Cooper Service Complex.
“Our group has teamed up with Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. to try and help our men and women in uniform stay in touch with their families and loved ones while they are deployed,” said SUNY Canton student and Veteran’s Association Treasurer Douglas A. White. “We are asking the SUNY Canton community for help to keep them connected to those at home.”
So far, the student organization has collected about 30 used cellphones.
Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded in 2004 by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist. The charity has since provided 181 million minutes of free talk time to service members stationed around the world. On average, Cell Phones for Soldiers distributes 12,000 calling cards each week to military bases overseas and Veterans Affairs hospitals.
“Each year we have been humbled by the amount of people and organizations like SUNY Canton’s Veterans Association that take the initiative to support our troops,” said co-founder Brittany Bergquist. “The communication gap between those serving and their families is a crucial need that Cell Phones for Soldiers is committed to addressing for years to come.”
Donations will be accepted until Dec. 15. For more information about the program, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.
About SUNY Canton
SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.