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Cell Phones for Soldiers program helps military keep in touch

In honor of Veterans Day, Lafayette-area residents are being asked to help provide a cost-free way for troops to communicate with their families and friends while overseas.

AT&T stores throughout the area are accepting donations for the Cell Phones for Soldiers program.

Customers can drop off their used phones at any local store.

AT&T donates the value of the device to the non-profit, which gives pre-paid calling cards to soldiers overseas so they can communicate with loved ones free of charge.

The phone drive runs through Monday.

“Cell Phones for Soldiers” was founded in 2004 and has so far provided 192-million minutes of free talk time to servicemen and women stationed around the world.