Bergen County is asking residents to donate their old, out-of-use cell phones to the Massachusetts-based non-profit Cell Phones for Soldiers, which recycles the phones to purchase international calling cards for the 369,000 men and women serving in the U.S. military overseas.
To date the county has collected 213 phones from within its ranks at the Prosecutor’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Public Works and the Department of Parks.
Beginning Thursday and continuing through Friday, June 29, residents can donate their phones at three county locations:
- Bergen County Administration Building - One Bergen County Plaza, Hackensack
- Bergen County Zoo - Van Saun Park, 216 Forest Avenue, Paramus
- The Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute - 281 Campgaw Road, Mahwah
Siblings Robbie and Brittany Bergquist—then 12 and 13 years old -- founded Cell Phones for Soldiers in 2004.
The organization has since collected more than 8.3 million cell phones and provided troops overseas with more than 114 million minutes of free talk time.