Media Release

Cell Phones for Soldiers Celebrates 2 Year Anniversary

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 12:00 AM

1:45 p.m.

ALACHUA COUNTY - The Alachua County Tax Collector's "Cell Phones for Soldiers" program has been a huge success. The drop-off locations in Gainesville started to collect used cell phones and accessories in February of 2006.
With the help of the citizens of Alachua County, the Tax Collector's office has collected over 4,894 used cell phones.  Cell phones are sent for recycling and the money raised helps Cell Phones for Soldiers buy calling cards for military personnel.   Representatives of the Tax Collector's office have been attending the twice-monthly meetings of the Military Support Group of Alachua County to give them calling cards and help them package them in the care packages sent to the troops.
The Tax Collector's office extends its appreciation to the citizens of Alachua County.  "We could not have done it without your help", says Roxanne Watkins of the Tax Collector's office.  "Thanks for your contribution to the success of the program". 
The Tax Collector's office goal is to collect 5,000 cell phones by February 22nd.
Visit the "Cell Phones for Soldiers" website for more information, or you may contact Stephanie Kelly or Roxanne Watkins at (352) 374-5236.


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

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