UTICA, N.Y. – Cell Phones for Soldiers is a highly successful program each year around the holidays to help those serving our nation abroad to connect with their families and friends.
This year, Senator Joe Griffo and AT&T announced the community helped to bring in 734 gently-used mobile devices over the past couple of months for service members.
Also as a result of this drive, those serving and those who have served, will be able to make more than 33,000 minutes’ worth of free calls.
Proceeds from the recycled devices are used to buy long-distance calling cards for troops overseas, and veterans at home.
While this year's number is down from last year's, collectively over the course of the past four years, the community has donated nearly 4,000 devices – amounting to more than 170,000 minutes of phone calls for our troops.
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