April 21, 2009
We have always believed in doing well by doing good and we’re pleased to announce a new program at the Festival that benefits our soldiers abroad as well as our environment here at home.
AT&T will have a Cell Phone for Soldiers collection bin to accept unwanted cell phones for recycling. The proceeds from the recycled wireless devices will be used to purchase pre-paid phone cards for U.S. Military stationed overseas.
AT&T and the Festival are inviting Festival attendees to help Cell Phones for Soldiers reach their goals of providing every military member stationed in Iraq the ability to make a free 20-minute phone call home. More than one million phones have been recycled to date and more than $2 million has been raised to support U.S. troops with free phone cards.
“As a nation of consumers, we are always accumulating things in excess,” said Howard Freeman, Executive Producer of the Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning. “This is an easy way for our attendees to properly recycle their old cell phones and do something meaningful for the brave men and women who are fighting for and defending our country. We’re proud to join AT&T in their efforts and we greatly appreciate your assistance.”
The program was originally started by a pair of teenagers in Norwell, MA. We’re proud to continue their efforts.