Wireless Zone partners with Cell Phones for Soldiers, seeks gently-used donations

Wireless Zone and nonprofit Cell Phones For Soldiers are asking Saranac Lake residents to help troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones.

Although the military landscape is ever changing, as many as 200,000 troops are serving in the United States military overseas around the world By donating to Cell Phones For Soldiers, Saranac Lake residents can provide a lifeline for America’s bravest.

Beginning today, residents can donate their phones and/or tablets at Wireless Zone locations, including: the one at 38 Main St. in Saranac Lake.

“Giving back to the local community and being part of organizations like Cell Phones For Soldiers is a very important part of our company and something we take pride in. Wireless Zone is committed to giving back as much as possible and being part of the community.” said Kyle Cole, store manager for the Saranac Lake.

Cell Phones For Soldiers was founded in 2004 by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist at the ages of 12 and 13. The charity has since provided more than 300 million minutes of free talk time to servicemen and women stationed around the world through its calling card program, Minutes That Matter. Funds raised from the recycling of cellular phones are used to purchase prepaid international calling cards.

On average, Cell Phones For Soldiers distributes 1,500 calling cards each week to bases around the world, care package programs, deployment ceremonies and VA hospitals.

“Each year we have been humbled by the amount of people and organizations like Wireless Zone that take the initiative to support our military members,” said co-founder Robbie Bergquist. “The communication gap between military members actively serving and their families is a crucial need that Cell Phones For Soldiers is committed to addressing for years to come.”

For every donated phone valued at $5, Cell Phones For Soldiers is able to provide two-and-a-half hours of free talk time to deployed troops.

For more information, visit or www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.