2007-07-13 / Community

Old Cell Phones Can Be Lifesavers

By fishing old and defective batteries and cell phones from drawers and closets, you may be able to help someone in an emergency.

The Secure Call Foundation is taking the buried treasures found in many American homes and transforming them into 911 emergency phones that can contact emergency services free-of-charge and without a carrier plan.

State Senator Malcolm Smith said there are approximately 45 million phones scattered across the country that could be put to better use.

"These phones are distributed to individuals who are in need of a cell phone for emergency purposes," Smith said in a press release. "Your generosity may mean the difference between life and death."

To send your old phone for free, visit www.donatemycellphone.org to print a prepaid postage label. Donations are tax deductible and donors may print a donation acknowledgement receipt from the website.

For more information, call 1-888-88 DONATE.

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