Donations to benefit Massachusetts Soldiers Serving in Middle East

The Registry of Motor Vehicles announced today a partnership with Cell Phones for Soldiers to benefit Massachusetts soldiers serving in the Middle East. The phone donation program will run throughout the Summer of 2007.

"We're very pleased to be partnering with Cell Phones for Soldiers to help our troops serving abroad connect with their loved ones," said Registrar Anne L. Collins. "We invite all Bay Staters to consider visiting their closest RMV branch, this summer, to donate their old cell phones."

The drive will take place in all RMV branches from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Customers are invited to donate their old cell phones, batteries, chargers and any other accessories at drop boxes in any RMV branch. Phones will be recycled, by Cell Phones for Soldiers, for cash that will be used to buy calling cards. Cards will be shipped to troops serving in the Middle East. All donations from this drive will be directed to soldiers who are deployed from Massachusetts.

"Every phone that is donated equals about 100 minutes of talk time for soldiers," said Bob Berquist from Cell Phones for Soldiers. "The more phones we receive, the more calling cards we can send to soldiers who are deployed oversees."

Cell Phones for Soldiers is a 501c3 non-profit organization. They have raised over one million dollars and sent more than 300,000 pre-paid calling cards to troops deployed overseas.

All donations are tax deductible and a tax receipt is available on the website www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com. For further information on donated phones, please call Cell Phones for Soldiers at 800-426-1031 or e-mail mnader@recellular.com

For a list of all RMV branches, please visit http://www.massrmv.com/BranchMap.aspx.


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