GREEN BAY, WI — Verizon Wireless, the Green Bay Packers and Chad Clifton are teaming up to help curb domestic violence in Wisconsin. Fans attending the Packers game versus the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Oct. 7 are invited to donate no-longer-used wireless handsets and accessories from any wireless provider to benefit victims of domestic violence through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program. Volunteers will be collecting donated phones and equipment at each of the five Lambeau Field entrances from 5 p.m. until game time.
Through its award-winning HopeLine program, Verizon Wireless turns unused wireless phones into support for victims of domestic violence, including those in Wisconsin. Wireless phones, batteries and other accessories are collected at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores nationwide and in special collections throughout the year. The phones are either refurbished for reuse or recycled in an environmentally sound way.
Packers' tackle and HopeLine spokesperson Chad Clifton encourages fans to donate their phones and accessories to this worthy cause. "I've been involved the HopeLine program for a few years now, and I know that something as simple as donating an old phone can really make a difference in the life of a domestic violence victim," said Clifton. "Dig through your closets, ask your friends and family members for their used phones and accessories, and donate as many phones as possible to the HopeLine program on October 7."
"By donating no-longer-used wireless handsets, fans can help provide hope to victims of domestic violence-an issue affecting more than 30 percent of American women during their lifetime," said T.J. Fox, president-Wisconsin/Illinois Region, Verizon Wireless.
"Last year's Packers' HopeLine drive was our most successful to date," added Fox. "Packers' fans have always come through for us in the past, and I know that this year won't be an exception."
Since the national recycling program began in October 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 4 million phones to help those affected by domestic violence. A record-setting 450 no-longer-used handsets were collected at last year's Packers' HopeLine drive.
Fans unable to attend the Oct. 7, game can still participate in the phone drive by donating their no-longer-used phones at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store at any time. To find the store closest to you, visit www.verizonwireless.com.
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