Unused cell phones to benefit overseas military
The town of Roxbury is collecting unused cell phones for Cell Phones for Soldiers.
The non-profit organization was founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist of Norwell, Mass., with $21 of their own money.
Since then, almost $1 million in donations has been raised and more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards have been distributed to troops serving overseas.
Donated phones will be sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones to Soldiers for each phone -- enough to provide one hour of phone service for soldiers.
Approximately half of the phones ReCellular processes are reconditioned and resold to wholesale companies in more than 40 countries around the world.
Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and recycled to reclaim materials, including gold, silver and platinum from circuit boards; copper wiring from phone chargers; nickel, iron, cadmium and lead from battery packs; and plastic from phone cases and accessories.
Phones may be dropped off at the selectmen's office at Roxbury town hall, 29 North St. (Route 67).