American Legion Post 1 in Rockland and nonprofit Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. are asking Rockland residents to help troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones.

Although the military landscape is ever changing, as many as 290,000 troops are serving in the U.S. military overseas around the world. By donating to Cell Phones for Soldiers, Rockland residents can provide troops with that precious connection to loved ones back home.

Residents can donate their phones at American Legion Post 1, located at 335 Limerock St.

Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded in 2004 by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist at the ages of 12 and 13. The charity has since provided 181 million minutes of free talk time to servicemen and women stationed around the world. Funds raised from the recycling of cellular phones are used to purchase prepaid international calling cards. On average, Cell Phones for Soldiers distributes 12,000 calling cards each week to bases around the world, care package programs, deployment ceremonies and VA hospitals.

Donated phones are sent to Mindful eCycling for recycling. For every donated phone valued at $5, Cell Phones for Soldiers is able to provide two and a half hours of free talk time to deployed troops.

For more information, please visit American Legion Post 1 at 335 Limerock St., or cellphonesforsoldiers.com.