As you may know, November marks military appreciation month around the NFL. On Sunday, November 11 when the Seahawks hosted the New York Jets at CenturyLink Field “Cell Phones for Soldiers”, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active duty military members and veterans, was on site to collect your donations.
The organization is fueled by the donation of gently-used cell phones and the proceeds from recycling those phones allow the program to provide free calling cards to troops.
Each phone collected generates 60 minutes worth of talk time and every $1 donation accounts for 30 minutes of talk time.
Well, the numbers are in and the community drive collected 637 phones (38,220 minutes of talk time) and $766.04 in donations (22,980 minutes of talk time), good for 61,200 minutes of talk time, which comes out to 1,020 calling cards raised for our troops, with 60 minutes of talk time on each card.
“[The Seattle Seahawks] blew away every league, team we have ever worked with since we started the organization,” said Robbie Bergquist, co-founder of “Cell Phones for Soldiers”. “This has been the best organized drive we have been a part of and your volunteers were awesome. The military vehicle display outside the stadium was amazing as well. Seattle never ceases to amaze me”