SARASOTA,FL (WWSB) - Do you have old cellphones, Kindles, tablets, etc? One woman was able to turn old electronics into 14,000 calling minutes for soldiers overseas.
Many soldiers overseas are unable to communicate with their loved ones because of the financial burden it could place on their families. The cost averages around $5 every minute for soldiers to have a telephone conversation with people in the U.S.
Bethany Clancy, office manager of the Sarasota County Area Transit was asked to dispose of old cell phones from the lost and found closet after hundreds of people left their old devices on the bus.
After more than 90 days, SCAT is allowed to use the items for Nonprofit purposes.
Clancy then researched how she could really take the old cellphones and put them to beneficial use.
She researched a company called Cell Phones for Soldiers, who provides cost-free communication services and emergency funding to active-duty military members and veterans.
After permission from administration, Clancy took the old, lost and found electronics that dated back to 2005 and shipped them to the company. These old phones will help soldiers begin to communicate with their families.
Cell Phones for Soldiers collects the old electronics and refurbishes, restores, and properly cleans the metal to retrieve minutes from them.
The company converts all of the devices into phone cards with prepaid minutes for all military personnel use.
On Dec. 2nd, 2018 Clancy received a letter from the organization, stating she helped convert 160 devices and turn them into 224 calling cards totaling 14,000 calling minutes for soldiers overseas.
If you would like to help a soldier, find out a location in your area and donate today!