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"Cell Phones for Soldiers"

"It makes things so much easier when you can communicate with friends and family at home" says First Lieutenant Darrell Pearman "It makes things so much easier when you can communicate with friends and family at home" says First Lieutenant Darrell Pearman

Something most of us use everyday could mean precious moments on the phone for troops overseas and their families. Your cell phone.

NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg explains what you can do to bring our soldiers closer to their loved ones. It's few and far between that area families get to talk with their son, daughter or spouse fighting in Iraq. But donating your cell phone turns into more prepaid minutes for those families.

Calling all old cell phones! Donating your cell at this AT&T store off I-40 in Amarillo will make a world of difference for U.S. troops. The group "Cell Phones for Soldiers" will receive them, sell them and in return get 60 prepaid minutes per phone to give to soldiers overseas.

"It makes things so much easier when you can communicate with friends and family at home."

First Lieutenant Darrell Pearman knows... He's served in Afghanistan and Iraq since 9-11. He's offered up his phone time to help younger troops.

"I tried to provide my soldiers additional time, more time then Iwould take, just to keep morale because if my guys didn't have high morale things would've been much worse for me," says Pearman.

Parman says sometimes troops go months without talking to their families... And when they do it's only for 20 minutes. So this program could bring piece of mind to those serving our country this patriotic time of year.

"It's more than just the minutes, it's the message behind it that all of America is behind them," says Steve Hodges, with AT&T Wireless Operations.

This is a perfect time to get it started things need to happen two months from now three months from now to keep people interested and contributing. Cell phones for soldiers has already handed out more than 400,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers overseas. They hope with your help that number will continue to grow.

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