CHICAGO – Continuing his efforts to support active-duty members of the military, state Rep. John D’Amico, D-Chicago, announced that he is launching a “Cell Phones for Soldiers” program to benefit men and women in the armed forces.
“Those who serve our great country make incredible sacrifices every day that we back home take for granted,” said D’Amico. “One of the most significant sacrifices though is their time spent away from their friends and family, especially during the holiday season.”
“Cell Phones for Soldiers” requests that residents drop off new, gently used, or old cell phones, smartphones, MP3 players and tablets to pre-approved drop-off locations. From there, “Cell Phones for Soldiers” will collect and sell the electronic devices and to be refurbished or recycled. The proceeds are used to purchase prepaid calling cards for service members, with each donated mobile phone providing a soldier with 2.5 hours of free talk time.
Residents are encouraged to drop off new, gently used, or old electronics to Rep. D’Amico’s constituent office, located at 4404 W. Lawrence Ave in Chicago, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“I encourage all residents to stop by my office to donate old cell phones or tablets they don’t use anymore to a great cause,” D’Amico said. “During the stresses of active duty service, it becomes more important than ever for soldiers overseas to connect with their family and friends, often times thousands of miles away. It is amazing how doing something so small, like donating an old phone, can have such a great impact on the life of a soldier and his or her family.”