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Cell phones aid Stop DV program

TICONDEROGA-The Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union concluded its second annual cell phone drive recently. The drive asked the public to drop-off their old cell phones, chargers and accessories at TFCU branches throughout January and February.

A total of 111 cell phones were collected and donated to the STOP Domestic Violence Center of Essex County.

TFCU acknowledged everyone who participated in the drive and Mary Zent, who donated crocheted afghans.

"In these busy times, it is especially gratifying to observe such a high level of participation in this drive," said TFCU President and CEO Gregory Johnson. "We're extremely pleased to support this important agency in our communities through the generosity of our members."

The cell phones will be turned into emergency 911 Life Lines for people in need. Any surplus cell phones that the STOP Domestic Violence Center cannot use will be refurbished and the proceeds from refurbishment will benefit the center.

STOP Domestic Violence provides confidential safe dwellings, supportive counseling, a 24-hour hotline, crisis intervention and advocacy through the courts, DSS, police and CPS. The STOP Domestic Violence hotline number is 1-888-563-6904.

Anyone wanting to donate cell phones can mail them to Verizon's Hope Line Project. A postage-paid mailing label is available in the Newsroom at TFCU's website www.tfcunow.com. Cell phones mailed to this address will be distributed to victims of domestic violence.

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 on becoming a member of the TFCU, go to www.tfcunow.com.

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