|Contact:||Springfield Office:||District Office:|
|105 State Capital||2580 Foxfield Rd.|
|Springfield, IL 62706||St. Charles, IL 60174|
|Phone||(217) 782-8192||(630) 524-9250|
|December 15, 2006|
For Immediate Release
OLD CELL PHONES CAN HELP
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS
SPRINGFIELD, IL – If the holiday season brings a new cell phone, State Senator John J. Millner (R- Carol Stream) is asking that 28th District residents consider donating their old phone to programs that help protect victims of domestic violence, namely the Call to Protect, or HopeLine phone recycling programs.
The Call to Protect program provides phones, with matching airtime, 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 domestic violence.
The HopeLine program collects no-longer-used wireless phones and equipment in any condition from any service provider. Millner says funds raised from the sale of refurbished phones, through a major cell phone company, provide funding and other contributions to non-profit domestic violence shelters and prevention programs across the country.
For both recycling programs, residents can mail wireless phones and equipment to ReCellular Inc., 2555 Bishop Circle West, Dexter, MI 48130, and designate which program – Call to Protect or HopeLine – is to receive the phone.
Millner says you may also be able to drop off a used phone at your local carrier’s office instead of mailing it, and added that it is important that residents remember to deactivate their wireless service and erase their phone’s contents before donating.