RED BUD, Ill. – Following a generous holiday season, state Rep. Jerry Costello II, D-Smithton, is proud to announce that his second annual Cell Phones for Soldiers Christmas Drive was an overwhelming success, raising 1,242 cell phones that will go towards providing call time for soldiers stationed overseas to call home.
“Our community has shown once again how incredibly caring and generous they are, and how much we all respect the men and women who risk their lives for us every day through their service,” Costello said. “As a combat infantry veteran myself, I know firsthand the value of being able to call home to your family to tell them you love them as often as possible. Our community will be able to provide that precious gift to hundreds of our servicemen and women.”
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 a deployed serviceman or woman. Using this metric, the phones Costello will donate this year could provide over 3,100 hours of call time for our soldiers. In comparison, last year’s drive collected 95 phones.
“Our community really took this call to action to heart, and showed through our generosity how much our brothers and sisters overseas mean to Southern Illinoisans,” Costello said. “I am proud to continue to represent this big-hearted community in Springfield, and will continue to fight in Springfield for our veterans and active military to ensure they have access to the program and quality care that they deserve.”
State Rep. Jerry Costello II represents Illinois’ 116th district, which includes all or parts of St. Clair, Randolph, Monroe, and Perry Counties. His office can be reached by phone at 618-282-7284 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.