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InTouch CU Helps Soldiers Keep in Touch
Thursday, June 19, 2014 7:00 AM

InTouch CU Cell Phones for Soldiers

Brother and sister Robbie and Brittany Bergquist were children who were not only dreamers, but doers. At the fledgling age of 12, Robbie and his sister founded the nonprofit organization, Cell Phones for Soldiers. CPFS provides donated cell phones, which are refurbished or recycled to help purchase international calling cards for troops overseas.

In the decade since its inception, CPFS has delivered more than 204 million minutes of free talk time, allowing U.S. troops who may not be able to do so otherwise to connect with loved ones at home. On average, one phone donation can provide 30 minutes of talk time per dollar.

In keeping with the credit union mantra of “not for profit, not for charity, but for service,” InTouch Credit Union began a donation drive in April, with the goal of matching each dollar donated to Cell Phones for Soldiers.

During the past three months, ITCU branches collected hundreds of cell phones and accessories, and on Thursday, June 26, InTouch's EVP Diane Gerstner will present Cell Phones for Soldiers co-founder Robbie Bergquist with a check for $4,000. This check includes monetary donations, funds received from gathered phones, and the promised dollar-amount match from ITCU.

The presentation, to be made at the ITCU headquarters in Plano, Texas, will help the credit union celebrate its 40th anniversary of service to its members.