Cell Phones for Soldiers

This is a partial transcript from On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, April 29, 2004 that has been edited for clarity.

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GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST: Tonight American soldiers fighting overseas are facing huge bills for phoning home on their cell phones. Our next two guests are calling on America to help pick up the tab for our brave men and women. Joining us from Boston are 13-year-old Brittany Bergquist and her 12-year-old brother Robbie.

Welcome to both of you. Brittany, how did you come up with the idea to raise money for the soldiers and their cell phone bills?

BRITTANY BERGQUIST, CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS: Well, at first, we heard about Brian Fletcher (ph), a soldier from Nadick (ph), who is stationed in Iraq, and at first we were just going to raise the money to help pay off his bill. But when his bill was forgiven, we had the money and so we decided to help out the other soldiers, or as many as we possibly could so that we could try and make a difference to help them.

VAN SUSTEREN: Robbie, so how are you doing this? How are you raising the money?

ROBBIE BERGQUIST, CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS: Well, we're starting fundraisers and we're thinking of starting maybe yard sales and even fundraisers at our school.

VAN SUSTEREN: Is there a phone number, place, Brittany, anybody who is watching can call? Do you have any recommendation -- tomorrow I would like to make a contribution, how do I get hold of you?

B. BERGQUIST: Well, you could visit our Web site, which is www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com. Or you could call South Shore Savings Bank in either Norwell (ph) or Weymouth (ph), and you can make donations either way.

VAN SUSTEREN: Robbie, do you know anybody who is fighting over in Iraq?

R. BERGQUIST: Yes. We know -- we have one cousin who is fighting over in Iraq, Donnie Williamson (ph). He is our cousin and he is fighting over in Iraq right now.

VAN SUSTEREN: Brittany, I understand that you got a phone call today from someone important telling you what a great job you did. Who called you today?

B. BERGQUIST: The president actually called us and he told us that he was very proud of us and the White House is actually going to work with the Pentagon to try and help us send the cell phones and a prepaid phone card over to the soldiers. And we're really hoping that they could help us out a lot.

VAN SUSTEREN: Robbie, what is your goal? How much do you want to raise?

R. BERGQUIST: We're hoping to raise as much money as we can. There is no goal except for just trying to help the soldiers as much as we can.

VAN SUSTEREN: How much have you raised so far? Do either one of you know?

B. BERGQUIST: We have raised I think over $1500, and that's just what is in the bank now, that's not counting the donations that were made online at our Web site.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, well, I will put it on our Web site tomorrow. And I want all of the viewers to help out on this one because Robbie and Brittany have got a great idea and we want to make sure this is a huge success. Thank you to both of you.

B. BERGQUIST: Thank you.

R. BERGQUIST: Thank you.

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