Computers West ( sponsor of “Cell Phones for Soldiers”, began collecting old cell phones in 2007.  Started by member Bill Berry, the club hoped to collect a couple of hundred phones, but in reality, they just collected over 20,000 phones.  The phones are broken down, and the parts are recycled.  Each phone equates to a phone calling card for our servicemen and servicewomen overseas, so that they can keep in touch back home.  Not only do we help a great cause, but recycling helps save our environment by keeping phones out of our landfills.  Steve and Linda Victor took over the quest of collecting phones in 2009.  They credit the generosity of the Sun City West community with making this a successful program.  “Cell Phones for Soldiers” ( was started by Brittany and Robbie Bergquist in 2004 when they heard of a soldier having a high phone bill from calling home. What started with raiding their piggy banks has grown into a nationwide cause. Our quest continues.  Continue donating your old phones and pass the word! It’s one way to say “Thank You” to the men and women who continue to give so much to our country.  Look for “Cell Phones for Soldiers” boxes in the Computers West office at Palm Ridge, as well as PORA, the R.H, Johnson Library, the Posse, Helping Hands, the Fire District Administration Office, and Credit Union West Branches.