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Shopping news: Help a soldier stay in touch with family

Cell Phones for Soldiers

SouthPark mall and Concord Mills have joined forces to hold a cell phone drive benefiting Cell Phones for Soldiers.

Cell Phones for Soldiers is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2004 by siblings Robbie and Brittany Bergquist of Massachusetts when they were only 12 and 13 years old.

This organization provides free calling cards and pre-paid phone services to deployed and returning military members. Started with only $21, Cell Phones for Soldiers has now raised more than $7 million, provided more than 114 million minutes of free talk time and sent more than 8.3 million cell phones to ReCellular to be recycled.

According to the Military Benefits Deployment Center, staying in communication with family members is a top deployment survival tactic.

Cell Phones for Soldiers aims to decrease the rate of divorce, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder that often affects returning troops by making regular communication with family accessible. Throughout May, unwanted cell phones will be collected at Guest Services at both malls and shoppers can make donations directly to Cell Phones for Soldiers on May 28-30. A $5 donation will provide soldiers with 2.5 hours of talk time. Visit for information.


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Concord Mills

8111 Concord Mills Blvd.


Lululemon Opens

Lululemon closed the doors to its Plaza Midwood showroom and opened a retail location in SouthPark mall between Kate Spade and Jessica McClintock, just off Center Court. Lululemon is on a mission to help men and women stay active and stress-free by producing yoga inspired athletic apparel in technical fabrics and functional designs. Mark your calendars for a day of complimentary fitness classes at the new SouthPark location 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 25.


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Saturdays on Selwyn

Selwyn Shops hosts a family-friendly live music event every Saturday throughout the summer. Shopkeepers such as 4 Paws Holistic, Clean Catch, Crossroads Charlotte, FABO Café, Dixon Wells, Mellow Mushroom, Metro Fitness Club, Petit Philippe, Mostly Chocolate and others will offer special deals in conjunction with the weekly event.

Bring your kids and your lawn chairs every Saturday this summer, weather permitting, from 6 to 9 p.m. for free family fun and live music. Find the "Saturdays on Selwyn" page on Facebook for updated details.