Low-cost long distance phone calls
Low-cost long distance phone calls
Brittany and Robbie Bergquist, 21 and 20

On a mission since: 2004

Day job: College students

Achievement: Making it easier for service people overseas to communicate with their families back home -- without going into debt.

Whey they're heroes: At ages 12 and 13, after hearing about a soldier in Iraq who owed $8,000 for calls home, this sibling duo from Massachusetts emptied piggy banks and hit up friends to make a $21 donation. That effort snowballed into Cell Phones for Soldiers, a nonprofit that recycles phones to buy prepaid calling cards -- over 150 million minutes' worth of talk so far -- for soldiers overseas.

Quote: "We've raised $7 million," says Robbie. "But that first $21 was still the hardest."


By Ismat Sarah Mangla @Money - Last updated July 11 2012: 12:41 PM ET
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