Recycling for Military Families

8-3-05 – Local veterans are raising money to help the families of soldiers who died in the War in Iraq by collecting old cell phones and printer ink cartridges.

Thousands of cell phones and ink cartridges end up in the trash, and these everyday items have a high recyclable value. That’s why the American Legion is holding a collection, raising money for the Soldiers for Soldiers program. Each cell phone turned in will provide three dollars, and each cartridge will provide one dollar for the fund.

Soldiers for Soldiers grants scholarships to kids who lost a parent in the War in Iraq. The program aims to ease some of the financial burdens that many of these now single-parent families face.

“The burdens are not only emotional because of losing a father or mother to this war, but the burdens that are financial in nature can be just tremendous with the cost of education these days,” says Larry Martin, Commander of AL Post 29 in Sherman.

American Legion Post 29 will hold the collection at least through the end of August. Those wishing to donate can bring the items from 4 p.m. until closing time, Monday through Friday.