UTICA – In honor of Veterans Day and Military Families Appreciation Month, State Senator Joseph Griffo, R-47, Rome; was joined by AT&T; SSG Army National Guard., Charles Haas; the Central New York Veterans Awareness Center and Utica Comets on Tuesday to kick off the cell phone drive for this year’s Soldiers.
The collection begins on Veterans Day – Thursday, November 11 – and ends on Saturday, December 11. The public and businesses can drop off lightly used and unwanted cell phones and / or tablets in the collection bins of AT&T stores in the region and in several public places in the Senator’s constituency.
âFor every phone, mobile device or tablet donated worth $ 5, Cell Phones For Soldiers is able to provide 2.5 hours of free talk time to deployed troops via calling cards. All proceeds from the recycled devices will be used to purchase long distance calling cards and other communications services for troops at home and abroad. Up to 200,000 Soldiers serve in the U.S. Army around the world and by donating to Cell Phones For Soldiers, local residents and businesses can provide a valuable lifeline to the bravest men and women of America to connect with loved ones at home, ânotes one version. .
Locations in the region include: 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 St., Utica; Chanatry 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; and the Lowville Free Library, 5387 Dayan St., Lowville.
AT&T stores include: 4777 Commercial Drive, New Hartford; 1319, boulevard Ãrie Ouest, Rome; 224 N. Genesee St., Utica; 220 Genesee St., Oneida.
âThe holidays can be a difficult time for our military personnel as they are often very far from their families,â Griffo said. âThe mere sound of a loved one’s voice can greatly cheer them up. “
âThese courageous men and women have come together to serve our nation, and I am proud to team up with AT&T, the Central New York Veterans Outreach Center, the Utica Comets and Cell Phones for Soldiers to help connect these troops to their families. home, âhe added.
This is the sixth year that training has taken place. Residents of Sen. Griffo donated approximately 4,891 aircraft and provided the troops with approximately 334,125 minutes.
For more information on Cell Phones For Soldiers, visit: www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.