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South Providence collecting cell phones for soldiers

Pictured, from left, are South Providence staff Sondra Maske, an in school suspension specialist, and Greg Kearney, a rehabilitation therapist, donating phones to the cause.

South Providence is collecting cell phones for American soldiers in a Cell Phone Recycling Program so that soldiers fighting abroad can call home.
           
Proceeds from donated the cell phones are used to purchase prepaid calling cards for American troops.
           
“Have you ever wondered how you can say, ‘Thanks’ to our troops for their service to our country?” said Greg Kearney, a therapist at South Providence who is spearheading the school’s efforts. “Now, you can. By participating in the Cell Phones for Soldiers, you can say, ‘Thanks’ by helping to provide the calling cards to American troops so they can stay in touch with their loved ones.”
            
Organizers at the school are asking Union County Public Schools staff, students, area families and the community at large to help in this worthwhile effort.
          
“Since 2004, Massachusetts teenagers Brittany and Robbie Bergquist (who started the effort) and Cell Phones for Soldiers have raised millions of dollars to help our troops call home,” Kearney said.
           
The drop-off point for donating cell phones will be at South Providence School located at 500 South Providence Street in Waxhaw. You may bring your phone by the school from Nov. 11 until Dec. 11, 2009.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Nov 20, 2009 by

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