TFCU's cell phone drive underway

ELIZABETHTOWN - Last year, Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union was able to save 100 phones from the dump and donate them to help victims of domestic violence.

In 2011, TFCU will again team with the STOP Domestic Violence Center of Essex County for its second annual cell phone drive.

"We were looking for some charitable ideas that could be used to help out different organizations," said Kate Thompson, marketing coordinator at TFCU. "We felt that this would be a good project for after the holidays because a lot of people get a new cell phone for Christmas and want to get rid of the old one. I am a fan of recycling, and this is a chance to give them away and have them be used for a worthy and good cause."

The collected phones will have their data cleared and be distributed to local victims of domestic violence to be used as an emergency 911 lifeline.

Thompson said the phone drive was very successful last year, with the credit union receiving more cell phones than they had anticipated, and they hoped that they would be able to get even more response in 2011.

"It got competitive between the branches to see which site could bring in the most phones," Thompson said. "We also had Adirondack Wireless supply us with about 30 phones last year, and we think that now that people know we are doing this and the word is getting out there that we can have an even bigger impact in 2011."

The TFCU second annual cell phone drive to support the STOP Domestic Violence Center of Essex County will start after New Year's and continue through the month of February.

For more information on the cell phone drive, contact your local TFCU branch or visit their Web site at www.tfcunow.com.

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