STILLWATER, N.Y. (NEWS10) — October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
All month long, here in Stillwater, they’ve been collecting old cell phones for domestic violence victims.
Many of you may have old cell phones lying around at home whether they’re flip phones or an older version of the phone you have now.
If you haven’t already done so, Wednesday is a chance to clean up some clutter and donate them to a good cause.
More than 4,000 phones have been collected since the police department started this effort back in 2003.
The department, along with local businesses have been collecting phones and turning them over to local advocacy groups to give to victims.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: on a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.
These cell phones can often be lifelines for men and women trying to leave a violent relationship or get help.
It doesn’t matter how old the cell phone is, and it can be from any service provider.
Before you drop them off, erase any information like contacts and pictures and make sure the service is disconnected if it’s not already.
Remove any storage cards and SIM cards from the phone.
Turn it off and throw it in a bag with the battery, charger if you have it and any other accessories you want to donate like a phone case.