West Chandler drop-off sites for cell phones to help victims of violence

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Chandler Sunset Library and the city’s westside Police Substation are among sites for donors to drop off cell phones for Chandler’s initiative to benefit victims of domestic violence.

Drive organizer Loretta Warren-Ellis is hopeful that the holiday shopping season will work in the campaign’s favor.

“Many people purchase new cell phones as holiday gifts this time of year, and we’re hoping they’ll shop early and donate their old phones to us,” Warren-Ellis said.

Donated cell phones can be used by domestic violence victims as a lifeline for emergencies. The Chandler Police Department Victim Services Unit will distribute the donated phones to victims in need.

The “Answer the Call” Cell Phone Donation Drive aims at collecting 150 used phones from before Thanksgiving, but donations are lagging, she says.

“We really need people to dig out their old cell phones and donate them for use by abused women and other domestic violence victims,” Warren-Ellis said.

Chandler West Police Substation is at 251 N. Desert Breeze Blvd. Sunset Branch Library is at 4930 W. Ray Road.

Police emphasize that, before donating a phone, it is important to delete personal information. This includes stored phone numbers, call history and text messages. A working charger must accompany the cell phone donation.

Donors desiring an in-kind donation slip for their donation should include their name and phone number with the donated phone.

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