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Informer: Group recycles cellphones, buys calling cards

Last Modified: Saturday, December 08, 2012 4:06 PM

By Andrew Perzo / American Press

Can you tell me where I can take my old cellphones for donation to our military forces?

Yes.

Local drop centers listed on the website of Cell Phones for Soldiers, a nonprofit group that provides free communication services to military members:

St. Theodore Holy Family Catholic School, 785 Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff.

CenterPoint Energy, 3700 Gerstner Memorial Blvd.

VFW Post 8107 Ladies Auxiliary, 1235 East Napoleon St. in Sulphur.

The group, started in 2004, recycles the phones and uses the money it makes to buy calling cards for service members, including those in the little-known U.S. Public Health Service and NOAA commissioned officer corps.

Some program facts, according to the group’s website:

The group last year “shared 690,000 communication tools with military families, providing more than 41 million minutes of talk time.”

Cell Phones for Soldiers recycled more than a million phones last year — more than 10 million since 2004.

The group “has provided more than 168 million minutes of free talk time” since its inception.

The group mails out about 12,000 calling cards a week.

The group has 15,000 collection points nationwide.

Online: www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

Passport business done at clerk’s office

The Informer said we might need passports to get on airplanes next year because Louisiana has failed to comply with the federal Real ID Act. Where do we get a passport, and how much does one cost?

Residents can apply for passports at any of the following places:

Calcasieu Clerk of Court’s Office, 1000 Ryan St.; 437-3550.

Bell City post office, 7206 B St.; 622-3768.

Jeff Davis Clerk of Court’s Office, 300 State St., Jennings; 337-824-1160.

DeRidder post office, 116 East Fourth St.; 337-462-8852.

Oakdale post office, 240 East Sixth Ave.; 318-335-9809.

Fees for adult first-time passport applicants, according to the U.S. State Department’s travel website:

Passport book and passport card — $140 application fee and $25 execution fee.

Passport book — $110 application fee and $25 execution fee.

Passport card — $30 application fee and $25 execution fee.

Fees for applicants age 16 and younger:

Passport book and passport card — $95 application fee and $25 execution fee.

Passport book — $80 application fee and $25 execution fee.

Passport card — $15 application fee and $25 execution fee.

Online: www.travel.state.gov.

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The Informer answers questions from readers each Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. It is researched and written by Andrew Perzo, an American Press staff writer. To ask a question, call 494-4098, press 5 and leave voice mail, or email informer@americanpress.com

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