Ozinga aims to collect phones to give to soldiers and veterans

The state legislator is partnering with a national nonprofit on the effort

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An area state legislator is collecting cell phones in an effort to help U.S. military members and veterans.

State Rep. Tim Ozinga, R-Mokena, is partnering with Cell Phones for Soldiers to collect phones through an official drop off location at his district office, according to a news release. Ozinga’s district office is located at 11019 Front St., Suite 1W, in Mokena.

“America’s soldiers and veterans have sacrificed so much for our nation and our freedoms,” Ozinga said in a statement. “Often, they are separated from their families across the country or across the globe. The 37th District can give back to our heroes by helping veterans and soldiers speak to their loved ones thousands of miles away.”

Cell Phones for Soldiers is a national nonprofit which aims to serve soldiers and veterans with free communications and emergency funding, according to the release.

The organization said newer or gently-used cell phones and tablets from all wireless carriers are accepted.

Soldiers and veterans can apply for services at cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

Ozinga represents the 37th House District which includes parts of Joliet, New Lenox, Mokena, Frankfort, Tinley Park, Homer Glen, Lockport and Orland Park.

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz is a reporter for The Herald-News in Joliet. Originally from Romeoville, Ill., he joined The Herald-News in 2017 and mostly covers Will County government, politics, education and more. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree from Northwestern University.