UTICA, NY — The annual Cell Phones For Soldier campaign kicked off Tuesday, an initiative that helps deployed service members stay in touch with their families while on vacation.
People can donate old cell phones and tablets to any of the collection sites, which will in turn be recycled. The money from recycling the devices is then used to buy calling cards for the soldiers.
The collection campaign begins on November 11, Veterans Day, and will continue until December 11.
Devices can be dropped off at one of the following locations:
- Jervis Public Library: 613 N. Washington St., Rome
- Adirondack Bank Center, 400 Oriskany St. W., Utica
- Central New York Veterans Awareness Center, 726 Washington St., Utica
- Slocum Dickson Medical Group, 1729 Burrstone Road, New Hartford
- Utica Public Library: 303 Genesee Street, Utica
- Chanatry’s Hometown Market: 485 French Road, Utica
- Utica State Office Building: 207 Genesee Street, Utica
- Turning Stone Resort Casino: 5218 Patrick Road, Verona
- New Hartford Public Library: 2 Library Lane, New Hartford
- Lloyds of Lowville: 7405 S. State Street, Lowville
- Lowville Free Library, 5387 Dayan Street, Lowville
- The Cottage Inn, 97 94 NY-12, Copenhagen
- Masséna Public Library, 41, rue Glenn, Masséna
- Potsdam Public Library, 2 Park St., Potsdam
- 4777 Commercial Drive, New Hartford
- 1319 Erie Boulevard West, Rome
- 224 N. Genesee Street, Utica
- 220 Genesee Street, Oneida
This is the sixth year of the drive, which has collected more than 4,800 devices to provide more than 5,500 hours of calling cards to the military.
The fundraising campaign is organized through a collaboration between AT&T, Senator Joseph Griffo, the CNY Veterans Outreach Center and the Utica Comets.