The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

May 1, 2013

Ducro’s official drop-off site for Cell Phones for Soldiers


ASHTABULA — Ducro Funeral Services remains an official drop-off site for the non-profit organization Cell Phones For Soldiers.

Ducro’s is one of nearly 800 exclusive Veterans & Family Memorial Care Providers nationwide participating in this program. In 2012, VFMC providers nationwide collected enough old cell phones to provide our troops overseas more than 1.2 million free calling minutes.

Cell Phones for Soldiers hopes to turn old cell phones into more than 12 million minutes of prepaid calling cards for U.S. Troops overseas.

Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist from Norwell, Mass., with $21 of their own money. Since then, the registered 501c3 non-profit organization has raised almost $2 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.

 “Cell Phones for Soldiers started out as a small way to show our family’s appreciation for the men and women who have sacrificed the day-to-day contact with their own families to serve in the U.S. armed services,” says the teens’ father, Bob Bergquist. “Over the past few years we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of others, but we have also seen the need to support our troops and continue to grow as more troops are sent overseas for longer assignments.”

J.P. Ducro IV of Ducro Funeral Services said he is proud to support such a worthwhile organization.

“Our funeral home reaches out to veterans and their families every day with many special services, programs, and tributes,” he said.

 Ducro Funeral Services and Crematory, 4524 Elm Ave., Ashtabula and Greenlawn Memory Gardens, 3140 E. Center St. (SR 20), North Kingsville, are open to receive old or broken cell phones, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 992-2191 with any questions.