ONTARIO -- Kiwanis Club of Ontario Parkway has topped 150,000 hours of donated telephone time for overseas military through its collection of old cell phones.

To date, the club has collected 1,260 phones which have been sent to AT&T which in turn provides the military with 120 minutes of free phone time for each cell phone turned in.

That equates to 151,200 free minutes raised by the Ontario club and its supporters.

The club has more than 30 dropoff locations in the area for the old cell phones, including such places as Cable Airport, Chino Planes of Fame Museum, Flo's Restaurant in Chino, Bowlium in both Upland and Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, and other restaurants such as Joanne's Cafe and the Iron Skillet.

On Fridays through Sunday in December, Ontario Parkway will be selling See's Candy at Albertson's supermarket at Mountain Avenue and 4th Street. There will be a collection box in the booth for the community to drop off any cell phones that they may have.

There are other dropoff locations at businesses throughout the area. For a complete list contact Ken Morse or John Hart at 909-986-7606.

Morse said the club will continue this project until all troops are safely home with their families.

The club began the work two years ago after hearing about the Cell Phone for Soldiers program at a Kiwanis District Convention in San Diego.


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That program was started by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, ages 12 and 13, who heard about a soldier who had run up a huge cell phone bill calling home and was unable to pay the bill.

The siblings told their parents that they were going to help this soldier pay his $1,500 bill. The children took all the money they had and gave the money over to begin paying the bill. They had yard sales, bake sales, car washes and mowed lawns and their diligence ended up paying the entire bill.

From that act, the charity was born.

It has since provided 114 million minutes of free talk time to service men and women stationed around the world.

Information about the club, contact Morse or Jonathan Roberts, 760-792-1915.