Founded in 1995 in Portland, Ore., Consumer Cellular recently celebrated its 25th anniversary milestone by making a $2.5 million dollar donation to Toys for Tots, the U.S. Marine Corps Foundation that helps bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America’s less fortunate children through the gift of a new toy.
“If you know us at all, you know we love to celebrate,” said John Marick, CEO of Consumer Cellular in a statement. “It’s been a difficult year for so many. From COVID to the numerous natural disasters taking place around the country, we have witnessed countless families struggle. In choosing a charity, we looked for a partner who could help bring joy to families in need. We found that perfect partner in Toys for Tots and are thrilled to make this $2.5 million donation in honor of our 2,000 employees and the almost four million customers they serve daily. Our employees and customers are the heart of our business and we are proud to make this donation on their behalf.”
“I can’t express how grateful we are at Toys for Tots to receive such generous support from Consumer Cellular,” said Toys for Tots CEO James B. Laster, Lieutenant General, USMC in a statement. “Last year, our Marines and volunteers distributed nearly 19 million toys to more than seven million children. This year, however, is like no other. Due to the pandemic, we anticipate local toy collections to be greatly impacted, limiting the number of toys available to distribute to those in need. We are also anticipating the number of families with children seeking assistance this holiday season to be greatly increased. Consumer Cellular’s contribution will go a long way in helping us augment local toy drives, allowing us to deliver hope to millions of children who otherwise might have been forgotten. We couldn’t be prouder of our association with Consumer Cellular and are honored to help them celebrate their 25th anniversary.”
Consumer Cellular has a long history of celebrating major milestones with donations to various charitable organizations, including an additional $250 thousand donated to the American Red Cross, as well as cell phones and service to those displaced by the recent fires in the West. Other major milestones throughout the no-contract cellular phone company’s 25-year history have seen donations given to Shriners Hospital for Children, Meals on Wheels America and Providence Cancer Institute, among many others.
“The wireless industry is almost unrecognizable from where we started 25 years ago,” said Marick. “We have watched cellular technology grow and shift, and we’ve witnessed our customers’ needs change over the years. Regardless of how the industry has evolved, one thing has remained constant – the need for affordable, reliable and accessible cellular service. Filling that void for our customers has been our main goal since day one and we’re proud to say that it remains our top priority today.”
About Consumer Cellular
Consumer Cellular is a top-rated wireless carrier that provides no-contract cell phones and service plans primarily to those 50+. The company has been an approved AARP Provider for over 12 years and offers AARP members special discounts on service. Founded 25 years ago on the belief that everyone should have affordable access to the safety and convenience of cellular service, Consumer Cellular is privately held with 2000 employees. The Portland, Ore.-based company utilizes the nation’s largest voice and data networks, which covers 99 percent of the U.S. population. Consumer Cellular’s wireless phones and plans are sold nationwide at leading retailers such as Target, as well as direct to consumers at ConsumerCellular.com or (888) 345-5509.