Calling Cards Handed Over to Commander of 875th

PARAGOULD, AR -- Soldiers serving in Iraq will soon be getting some help when they call home.  Cell phones have been collected for a few months here in Region 8 and those phones have been traded in for calling cards for our troops.

"We'd like to present these 530 calling cards for your soldiers in the 875th over in Iraq," said Chris Robinson of Liberty Tax Service.

Over the past few months you have helped donate old cell phones that were traded for international calling cards.

"He calls me on the cellular phone and on the internet," said Donna Hyde.

She does get to talk to him, but those dollars can rack up.

"If you use a regular cell phone its like $375 for 15 minutes.  These are going to give a lot of the women and men a chance to call their families that otherwise wouldn't get to call home," said Hyde.

Chris Robinson with Liberty Tax Service spearheaded this campaign.

"It's a little over 31,000 minutes that we're giving the soldiers of the 875th to call their wives, families, and kids," said Robinson.

"Having these phone cards is going to go a  long way in defraying the cost of staying in touch with their families," said Captain Brian Mason.

"These phone cards are going to make a fantastic difference in a soldiers life," said Hyde.

Captain Brian Mason plans to ship the calling cards soon.

"It will take about ten days to get there, so in eleven days some of these cards will be used by soldier to call home," said Mason.

There are multiple phone banks set up for our soldiers overseas.  Many call home collect or use calling cards.

"Most of the calling cards that they recieve are certain type of cards where you only get six minutes for every one minute from Afganistan or Iraq," said Mason.

530 of the calling cards were used for the 875th, there are still others available for other members of the armed forces.

For information on how you can get a calling card to send to your loved one serving overseas you can contact Liberty Tax Service in Paragould.

Their phone number is 870-236-9100.

Cell phones are still being collected so more calling cards can be obtained for soldiers.