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Hart cheerleaders collect cellular phones for troops

Team has collected 460 phones over the past two years

Posted: September 22, 2009 10:23 p.m.
Updated: September 23, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 

The Hart High cheerleaders kicked off the 2009-2010 season with their third annual Cell Phones for Soldiers drive.

This annual event has become part of Hart cheer's winning tradition. Over the last two years, the cheerleaders have collected 460 cell phones that have been converted to prepaid calling cards for our soldiers overseas.

This year alone, the cheerleaders have collected 100 phones.

The official kick off of the Cell Phone for Soldiers drive corresponded with Hart Cheer's annual Spirit Day on Aug. 8.

"The girls are excited to be part of such a great cause that provides our hard working soldiers with calling cards so they can keep in touch with their families" said Emily Chiominto, a Hart cheer parent.

Cell Phones for Soldiers is a nonprofit organization created by two teenagers in Massachusetts.

The group trades in collected phones to an organization called ReCellular for money to purchase prepaid calling cards for our soldiers.

Cell Phones For Soldiers has distributed over 500,000 prepaid calling cards to U.S. troops, connecting hundreds of families to their loved ones and raising more than $2 million in donations.

Anyone interested in participating can drop off their old cell phones to the Hart High School Administration Office at 24825 Newhall Ave or to KHTS AM 1220 at 27225 Camp Plenty Road, Unit 8 in Canyon Country.

Cell phones will be collected at these drop off locations until the end of December.

Nicole Chiominto is a senior and a varsity cheerleader at Hart High School.

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