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Cell Phones for Soldiers collects hundreds of phones

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Hundreds of troops stationed overseas will now have an easier way to call home, thanks to a three-month long cell phone drive. Columbia College of Missouri-Hancock Field joined forces with Cell Phones for Soldiers over the past three months, collecting more than 400 phones to send to troops overseas.

Boxes and letters were sent out to everyone at the college and hundreds of people from all over donated phones.

"It's going to benefit soldiers in that the cell phones are going to be wiped clean of all of their data and the organization itself, Cell Phones for Soldiers, is going to purchase calling cards to be sent to our troops. They will use those calling cards to phone home," said Dr. Scott Vinciguerra, Director of Columbia College-Hancock Field.

For every donated phone, Cell Phones for Soldiers provides two and a half hours of free talk time to deployed troops leaving them bill-free to call home whenever they can.

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