TICONDEROGA - Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union is collecting used cell phones throughout January and February to benefit the STOP Domestic Violence Center of Essex County.
All donated cell phones will be turned into emergency 911 phones and distributed to victims of domestic violence free of charge.
"We are very excited about this new fundraising opportunity," said Kate Thompson, marketing coordinator at the TFCU. "By donating a used cell phone, anyone in our community, not just TFCU members, can assist local victims of domestic violence and help the environment at the same time without having to reach into their wallets."
Anyone can participate in the cell phone drive by bringing cell phones, chargers and accessories in any condition from any provider to TFCU branch locations and dropping them in the collection boxes during regular business hours.
TFCU operates three branches located at Route 9N in Ticonderoga, Meacham Street in Port Henry and Court Street in Elizabethtown.
Anyone can donate their phone and help victims of domestic violence without driving to a TFCU branch by mailing the cell phone with a pre-paid shipping label available at the following website, courtesy of Verizon Wireless. http://www.verizonwireless.com/hopelinemailinglabel/
Before donating, people are asked to confirm that the phone's service contract has been terminated and ensure all personal data has been cleared. Instructions on how to do so are available on the TFCU website, www.tfcunow.com. The STOP Domestic Violence Center will remove all data from the phones prior to redistribution. Any phones that they cannot use will be recycled.
TFCU is a not-for-profit, cooperative financial institution offering membership to persons who live, work, worship or attend school in, or businesses or legal entities located in Essex County, Washington County or the towns of Hague, Horicon and Chester. For information go to www.tfcunow.com