Used Cell Phones Can Help Soldiers

Since its program started just over two years ago, Gates, Kingsley & Gates Smith Salsbury, with the contributions and support of Culver City residents, has collected enough cell phones and accessories to provide nearly 11,000 minutes of call time to our service men and women. Gates, Kingsley & Gates Smith Salsbury will continue to serve as a collection center for Cell Phones for Soldiers, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, which is dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active duty military members and veterans.

“Gates, Kingsley & Gates Smith Salsbury has been a tremendous advocate for our troops and Cell Phones for Soldiers,” said Robbie Barguest, co-founder of the nine-year old nonprofit. “Through its phone recycling efforts, we’ve been able to provide free international calling cards to hundreds of troops, allowing them a chance to make a precious call home. We couldn’t support the servicemen and women without great partners like Gates, Kingsley & Gates Smith Salsbury.”
“We are honored to have had such amazing success with this program so far and extremely grateful to the community for its support in this effort,” said April Trzyna, location manager at Gates, Kingsley & Gates Smith Salsbury. “As we approach the holiday season, it’s more important than ever to give our service men and women the means to stay in touch with their families, who cherish every single call home.”

Based in Norwell, Mass., Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old. The organization has provided 192 million minutes of free talk time to deployed military members. For more information, visit

Phones and accessories can be dropped off daily between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the reception area of Gates, Kingsley & Gates Smith Salsbury at 4220 South Sepulveda Blvd. For more information call 310.837.7121.

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