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Donate unused and unwanted cell phones and devices to troops

For every donated phone valued at $5, Cell Phones For Soldiers is able to provide 2 ½ hours of free talk time to deployed troops via calling cards. All proceeds from the recycled devices will be used to buy long distance calling cards for troops at home and abroad. As many as 200,000 troops are serving in the U.S. military around the world and by donating to Cell Phones For Soldiers, local residents and businesses can provide a valuable lifeline for America’s bravest men and women to connect with loved ones back home.

The collection drive starts today and runs through Sunday, Dec. 9. The public and businesses can drop off gently used and unwanted cell phones and/or tablets at collection bins in AT&T stores throughout the region and at several public locations throughout the senator’s district. Those locations include:

· Adirondack Bank Center at Utica Memorial Auditorium: 400 Oriskany St. West, Utica
· Jervis Public Library: 613 N. Washington St., Rome
· Utica Public Library: 303 Genesee St., Utica
· Chanatry’s Hometown Market: 485 French Road, Utica
· Utica State Office Building: 207 Genesee St., Utica
· Turning Stone Resort Casino: 5218 Patrick Road, Verona
· New Hartford Public Library: 2 Library Lane, New Hartford
· Lloyds of Lowville: 7405 S. State St., Lowville
· Lowville Free Library: 5387 Dayan St, Lowville
· Beaver River Memorial Post 1663: 9833 Main St., Croghan
· Sergi’s Italian Restaurant: 10 Market St., Potsdam
· Town of Potsdam Offices: 18 Market St., Potsdam
· Massena Public Library: 41 Glenn St, Massena

First Source Federal Credit Union
· 4451 Commercial Drive, New Hartford
· 1634 Genesee St., Utica
· 1822 Black River Boulevard, Rome

AT&T Stores
· 4777 Commercial Drive, New Hartford
· 1319 Erie Boulevard W., Rome
· 224 N. Genesee St., Utica

This is the fifth year that the drive has taken place. Residents throughout Deputy Minority Leader Griffo’s district have donated approximately 3805 devices and have provided troops with approximately 171,225 minutes over the last four years.

For more information on Cell Phones For Soldiers, please visit

***To prepare your mobile phone for donation here are some tips on how to erase all personal information that may be stored on it to protect your privacy:

· Remove your phone’s SIM card Erase your address book, photos, messages and other stored information.
· Restore the device factory settings on your device.

· For instructions on how to do this, go to owner’s manual or to the manufacturers’ web site.


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