When she was just 13 years old Stonehill alumna Brittany Bergquist ’13 launched Cell Phones for Soldiers which is now a $2 million nonprofit serving 600,000 servicemen & women each year. Since 2004, Bergquist and her younger brother Robbie have, through their nonprofit, provided more than 213 million minutes of free talk time to active duty soldiers.
Inspired by the siblings’ work, natural foods company KIND Snacks is launching a campaign in support of the troops that Cell Phones for Soldiers serve. Beginning on Friday, May 1, the first day of Military Appreciation Month, KIND is kicking off a “thank you” campaign, encouraging Americans to tweet thank you notes to active troops and veterans with the hashtag #thankskindly.
For every tweet received, KIND will donate $1, up to $10,000, to Cell Phones for Soldiers. The tweets will then be transformed into handwritten notes and delivered to veterans in the Boston area and active military worldwide.
While still overseeing Cell Phones for Soldiers, Bergquist now works as an associate marketing manager in the toddler feeding division at TOMY International in Boston.
She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2011 Jefferson Award for Community Service, 2011 South Shore Top 40 Under 40, 2011 SELF Magazine Women Doing Good Award, the 2009 L’Oreal Paris, Women of Worth Award, the 2009 Sally Hansen/Glamour Magazine Best of You Award and countless others.