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When 16-year-old Brittany Bergquist e-mailed AT&T and asked for support for the charity she founded with her younger brother, Robbie, she proved that a good idea can speak volumes — especially when it helps to keep families connected and patriotic Americans engaged.

Paul Holmes

When 16-year-old Brittany Bergquist e-mailed AT&T and asked for support for the charity she founded with her younger brother, Robbie, she proved that a good idea can speak volumes — especially when it helps to keep families connected and patriotic Americans engaged. Her charity: Cell Phones for Soldiers (CPFS). The mission: Collect and recycle used cell phones and then use the proceeds to purchase prepaid long distance phone cards for military members overseas.

 

“I know that you are a big company and probably get requests for help all the time,” she wrote, “but our troops really need us to help them right now more than ever …”

 

Brittany was right. As of May 2007, there were more than 144,000 troops deployed overseas. And, just a month earlier, the Department of Defense extended terms of deployment from 12 months to 15 months for military members stationed in

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