Cell Phones for Soldiers

Donate Your Phone for Our Troops Overseas


Cell Phones for Soldiers is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization that was started by two Norwell, Massachusetts teenagers to help buy prepaid calling cards to send to our service people serving overseas. Started in April of 2004, Cell Phone for Soldiers has provided more than 300,000,000 minutes to our troops.

In addition to calling cards, Cell Phones for Soldiers is now sending video phones to units in the Middle East and to their home base as well, so families are able to see each other as they talk. The phone and service are provided free to service people and their families.

Items Accepted


The program will accept all makes, models and condition of:
  • Cell phones
  • Chargers*
  • Batteries*
  • Accessories*
  • Blackberry PDAs
  • Pagers
*These items do not contribute towards the phone cards, but the recycler will dispose of them in an environmentally safe way.

Dropping Off Items


Please do not include boxes or instructions when dropping off your donation. All devices will be recycled for cash to purchase cards or unlimited free video phone calls by Cell Phones for Soldiers.

Locations and Hours for Dropping Off Items


There are several locations at which you can drop off phones, attached batteries and accessories.

  • Vernon Hills Police Department, 740 Lakeview Parkway is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 
  • Vernon Hills Village Hall, 290 Evergreen Drive - Monday thru Friday (excluding holidays) from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Vernon Hills Public Works Facility, 490 Greenleaf Drive - Monday thru Friday (excluding holidays) from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm
If you plan on shipping phones to VHPD, ship them directly to the recycling plant instead. For additional information visit https://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/

Additional Information


Thanks in advance for your cooperation and participation in helping our troops overseas feel at little more at home. If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Community Service Officer Lonnie Paulausky by email.