Cell Phones for Soldiers

Donate Your Phone for Our Troops Overseas

Cell Phones for Soldiers is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization that was started by two Norwell, Massachusetts teenagers to help buy prepaid calling cards to send to our service people serving overseas. Started in April of 2004, Cell Phones for Soldiers has raised more than $7,000,000 and has sent more than 114,000,000 minutes of prepaid calling cards to over 590,000 service people.

In addition to calling cards, Cell Phones for Soldiers is now sending video phones to units in the Middle East and to their home base as well, so families are able to see each other as they talk. The phone and service are provided free to service people and their families.

Items Accepted

The program will accept all makes, models and condition of:
  • Cell phones
  • Chargers*
  • Batteries*
  • Accessories*
  • Blackberry PDAs
  • Pagers
*These items do not contribute towards the phone cards, but the recycler will dispose of them in an environmentally safe way.

Dropping Off Items

Please do not include boxes or instructions when dropping off your donation. All devices will be recycled for cash to purchase cards or unlimited free video phone calls by Cell Phones for Soldiers.

The Vernon Hills Police Department (VHPD) is an official drop-off location for this worthwhile cause. You may drop off phones and attached batteries, as well as accessories, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the police facility located at the address on the left. If you plan on shipping phones to VHPD, ship them directly to the recycling plant instead.

Additional Information

Thanks in advance for your cooperation and participation in helping our troops overseas feel at little more at home. If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Community Service Officer Lonnie Paulausky by email.