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Cell Phones for Soldiers Program
By Ed Vitorino


November 21, 2009
Saturday PM

Every year millions of Americans throw their used/broken cell phones in the trash and we all know that it ends up on a landfill. I know we all have them sitting in a drawer somewhere taking up space. What if i told you that we can recycle them and in return the recycling company gives the military members calling cards?

That is true and this program has been around for quite some time and to date about 50 thousand phones are turned into calling cards. Many organizations and groups have gathered to help this cause and the Ketchikan Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla is collecting them at 3 key sites. You may drop off your old, broken, unusable cellular phones at AT&T in the plaza, A&P Supermarket or Dodi's Hair Salon at Tongass Towers. We are assisting in the running of this program until February 1st. Please help support our military members overseas by recycling your phones so they may call home to their loved ones.

For more information on clearing phones memory or about the program, please visit

If you know a soldier that is in need of a calling card, you may put his/her name and they will receive one.

Thanks for your support,

Ed Vitorino, Flotilla Commande
Ketchikan, AK

About: " Ketchikan Resident for 6 years. C.G. Auxiliary member for 5 years"

Received November 18, 2009 - Published November 21, 2009


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