In an effort to aid victims of domestic violence, RadioShack Corporation announced that its 7,200 stores nationwide are again collecting used wireless phones in support of the Wireless Foundation's Donate a Phone program. Phones can be dropped off at any RadioShack store now through July 31.
"We are very pleased to be participating once again in a program that helps provide lifelines to victims of domestic violence," said Laura Moore, senior vice president of public relations and corporate communications for RadioShack. "Our sales associates are so enthusiastic about the opportunity to help their local communities assist victims of domestic violence through the Donate a Phone program. Our associates' support has been instrumental in our decision to participate in this worthwhile program for 2001."
In a three-month time period last year, RadioShack collected more than 52,000 wireless phones for the Donate a Phone program. Sponsored by the Wireless Foundation, Motorola and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Donate a Phone campaign was launched in September 1999 to collect and refurbish a portion of an estimated 24 million wireless phones that are no longer being used.
During the 18 months, businesses, civic groups and grass roots organizations have donated more than 300,000 phones to the program.
The Donate a Phone campaign provides domestic violence shelters, law enforcement agencies and other organizations working to fight domestic violence with refurbished wireless phones. The phones are preprogrammed with 911 and other emergency numbers so that domestic violence victims can access local emergency services and domestic violence hotline numbers at the touch of a button. Local shelters, agencies and organizations that are interested in learning more about the program can visit the web site at www.donateaphone.com.
Wireless phones and accessories in any condition or age will be accepted through the Donate a Phone program. Consumers can bring their wireless phones and accessories to any RadioShack store and an associate will provide a receipt for the donation, which is tax deductible.