KPRC Local 2 Anchor Bill Balleza will serve as the emcee of a Veterans Day ceremony at Houston city hall. There will also be a job fair to support the troops and that’s where you can help by bringing your old cell phones.
AT&T, one of the events main sponsors, would like you to donate the cell phones you no longer use to help the troops.
Please take a look at the news release below and do what you can to support those who have fought for the security of our country and the freedoms we enjoy in our daily lives.
Funds from recycled cell phones buy prepaid phone cards for service members
HOUSTON, Nov. 9, 2010 — To show further support for the troops, AT&T* is encouraging consumers who are considering “trading up” cell phones to bring their old phones to the City of Houston’s Veterans Day Commemoration and Parade November 11.
AT&T partners with Cell Phones for Soldiers, a nonprofit organization that uses funds from recycled cell phones to buy prepaid phone cards for active duty military members overseas. AT&T hopes to provide about $1 million in recycling proceeds through 2010.
As part of Veterans Day activities, AT&T is joining with Houston city officials to hold the inaugural AT&T Veterans Job Fair at City Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Consumers may drop off their old cell phones at the AT&T booth by the reflecting pool in front of City Hall.
“We are proud to support the job fair, and Cell Phones for Soldiers is a great way to give the public the added opportunity to help military members and their families by donating their old cell phones,” said Dave Nichols, president of AT&T Texas.
Consumers may also support the troops by texting a $5 donation that will be used to purchase prepaid calling cards for overseas forces. To participate, AT&T customers should text CP4S to 704. AT&T is waiving all messaging charges and taxes for donations. The donations will appear as a line item on customer bills or be debited from a prepaid account.
“Please help a veteran phone home by donating your discarded cell phones. Bring your used cell phones to the AT&T Veterans Day Job Fair booth. Thanks to AT&T, your old cell phones will be turned into calling cards for servicemen and women,” said Mayor Annise Parker.