SACRAMENTO – More than 150,000 U.S. troops are serving overseas, away from family and friends. Many parole agents, correctional employees and family members either are on active duty or are serving as members of the California National Guard or in the Reserves. CDCR’s Division of Adult Parole Operations is calling on all state employees to show their support for these brave men and women by donating their unwanted cell phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers.

Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by Brittany and Robbie Bergquist of Norwell, MA. The two teenagers wanted to help after reading a story about a soldier who ran up a huge phone bill calling home from Iraq.

“It is easy for Americans to make a small sacrifice of support by donating their unwanted cell phones, and providing families with a much-needed connection to their loved ones overseas,” said Brittany.

The donated phones are sold to ReCellular, whith about enough for each phone to provide an hour of talk time to soldiers abroad.

“Our support for this worthwhile project is a small token of our appreciation to the men and women who serve our country so that you and I can enjoy the freedom we so often take for granted. The importance of our troops to remain connected to their loved ones, particularly while abroad or in a hostile zone, cannot be overemphasized,” said Margarita Perez, Deputy Director, and Division of Adult Parole Operations.
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