BUFFALO, NY — Verizon Wireless and the Buffalo Bills will collect no longer used wireless phones to benefit victims of domestic violence at this Sunday's Bills game vs. the Washington Redskins. Through Verizon Wireless' HopeLineSM program, these phones will be refurbished and recycled or sold. Proceeds will be used to purchase wireless phones for use by domestic violence victims in emergency or threatening situations. HopeLine also makes financial grants to domestic violence organizations.
HopeLine spokesperson, Bills linebacker London Fletcher, encourages fans to bring their no longer used wireless phones to the game and deposit them in collection bins at any of the 10 gates as they enter Ralph Wilson Stadium. The first 1,000 fans to donate a phone will receive a poster featuring Fletcher. Kickoff is at 4:15 p.m. Gates open at 2:45 p.m. Prior to kickoff, the second annual HopeLine Awards Ceremony will take place. The award will acknowledge an individual from the Buffalo area who has helped to combat domestic violence or assisted victims of this tragedy within their own community. The winner will be presented with a plaque honoring their efforts and $2,500 will be donated on behalf of the winner to the domestic violence shelter or program of his/her choice.
"By doing something as simple as donating a wireless phone you no longer use, you can truly make a difference for a victim of domestic violence," said John Palmer, president of Verizon Wireless' Upstate New York Region. "Our main community relations focus is to prevent domestic violence, and we are pleased to have this opportunity to use wireless technology for this important purpose."
"Thousands of women are abused and assaulted every day," said Fletcher. "We know we can count on our fans to help out by simply digging through their closets and donating their no longer used phones to HopeLine, either at the game this Sunday or at Verizon Wireless stores across the state."
Last year, Verizon Wireless and the Bills collected more than 670 phones from Bills fans at the 2002 game day collection.
In addition to benefiting victims of domestic violence, HopeLine provides an environmentally safe method for recycling used phones.
Since 1995, Verizon Wireless has collected more than one million used wireless phones nationwide for the benefit of domestic violence victims and advocacy groups. More information about Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program can be found by visiting www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/aboutUs/communityservice/hopeLine.jsp.
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