Brady: Old cell phones help domestic violence victims
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SPRINGFIELD -- If the holiday season brings a
new cell phone, state Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, is asking that
44th District residents consider donating the old phone to a
national program that helps protect victims of domestic violence.
Phones can be donated to the Call to Protect or the HopeLine phone
Brady says it is important that residents
deactivate their wireless service before they donate their phones.
The Call to Protect program provides phones, with matching air
time, to domestic violence agencies. In addition, the funds
generated through Call to Protect collections and other wireless
industry programs have provided grants totaling more than $10
million to national organizations leading the campaign to end
The HopeLine program collects no-longer-used wireless phones and
equipment in any condition from any service provider. The used
phones are either refurbished or recycled. With the funds raised
from the sale of the refurbished phones, Verizon Wireless donates
wireless phones and air time to victims and provides funding and
other contributions to nonprofit domestic violence shelters and
prevention programs across the country. Used phones can be returned
to any Verizon Wireless retail store nationwide.
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For both programs, residents can mail wireless phones and
equipment to ReCellular Inc., 2555 Bishop Circle West, Dexter, MI
48130. Designate which program -- Call to Protect or HopeLine -- is
to receive the phone.
[News release from
Sen. Bill Brady]