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County Parks collecting old cell phones this summer to help overseas soldiers call home
6/29/2015 3:32:49 PM

Starting July 1 and continuing through the end of August, several Charleston County Park locations will be collecting used mobile phones for recycling to benefit U.S. soldiers. Through the Cell Phones for Soldiers program, these donated phones will be exchanged for calling cards to be used by those serving in the United States military overseas.

Locations that will be accepting used cell phones will include James Island County Park (as well as Splash Zone Waterpark), Palmetto Islands County Park (as well as Splash Island Waterpark), Wannamaker County Park (as well as Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark), the Mount Pleasant Pier and the Folly Beach Pier. Park-goers are encouraged to bring no-longer-needed cell phones to these parks for recycling in designated containers on site. Used and non-working mobile phones from all service providers are accepted. Each $5 contribution, or donated device valued at $5, will provide troops with 2.5 hours of free talk time.

This is the second year that Charleston County Parks have participated in the Cell Phones for Soldiers program. Since its inception in 2004, the non-profit organization Cell Phones for Soldiers has worked to keep military families connected by providing free communication tools to those serving overseas in the United States military. The program has provided more than 213 million minutes of free talk time to soldiers overseas, while preventing more than 11.6 million cell phones from ending up in landfills.

The family-run Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist of Norwell, Mass., at the ages of 12 and 13. For more information on Cell Phones for Soldiers, visit

For more information on Charleston County Parks or the participating facilities, visit, call 843-795-4386, or download the Charleston County Parks mobile app.

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