AT&T’S Retail Stores in Alaska Now Serving As Cell Phone Recycling Drop-Off Locations for Program Connecting Military Families
AT&T Support Grows for Nonprofit Group Cell Phones for Soldiers; Funds From Recycling to Be Used to Buy Phone Cards for Troops
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) announced today that its company-owned retail stores in Alaska are now drop-off sites for Cell Phones for Soldiers (CPFS), a charity that collects and recycles mobile phones so it can provide U.S. military families with free phone cards.
The company is accepting donated phones at 15 stores across Alaska. This follows the recent acquisition of Dobson Wireless, which added more stores to the AT&T retail footprint — and more locations for the national recycling program.
CPFS was established by Brittany Bergquist, 17, and Robbie Bergquist, 16, of Norwell, Mass., to help buy and send prepaid phone cards to U.S. military members who are serving overseas, with the proceeds coming from recycling phones. Since April 2004, CPFS has raised more than $1 million and has sent more than 400,000 phone cards to troops overseas.
AT&T launched its recycling support for CPFS in July 2007, opening all company stores nationwide for recycling for CPFS. The program is now active in more than 2,000 AT&T stores in more than 1,100 cities across the U.S. AT&T and CPFS have set a goal of raising $1.4 million worth of prepaid cards in the first year of their relationship. This goal would enable every military member stationed in Iraq to make a free 20-minute phone call home.
“AT&T in Alaska is happy to be part of this national effort to help soldiers stay connected with their families,” said Mike Felix, president, AT&T Alascom. “Alaska is home to more than 12,000 uniformed military men and women, and launching Cell Phones for Soldiers here is one more way we can show appreciation for their commitment and sacrifice.”
Since AT&T launched its support, the company has also donated more than 60,000 prepaid phone cards — valued at more than $500,000 — to CPFS to help the charity connect more military families.
“Cell Phones for Soldiers is a great example of how the good ideas of young people can create programs that benefit so many,” Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich said. “The military presence in Alaska is significant in so many ways, and I’m proud of the way our community consistently comes together to offer support.”
In the past two years, AT&T has donated more than $4 million worth of prepaid phone cards to help support U.S. military members and their families. These donations include direct distributions to troops serving in Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, South Korea, Japan and Europe. The company also has built 70 calling centers in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan.
For more than 85 years, AT&T has remained dedicated to supporting active military personnel, their families and veterans through charitable contributions, sponsorships, the hiring of military veterans and maintaining policies that support reservists who are called to duty. Since 2000, AT&T has donated nearly $8 million in free prepaid phone cards to military members and has provided nearly $6 million in grants that support military members and related nonprofit organizations.
Additional information on these and other initiatives, including a list of AT&T retail locations serving as drop-off sites for CPFS, is available at www.att.com/troopsupport. To donate phones or funds online, go to www.att.com/holidayconnect.
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