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Grand Futures seeks used cell phones

Fund-raiser to go toward substance-abuse prevention programs

Christina M. Currie

Used cellular phones often present a problem to their owners.

They were sometimes expensive and may still function, but maybe not under the owner’s current service plan.

It’s difficult to make the decision to throw them away.

Now, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition is offering an alternative. Grand Futures will collect used cellular phones and exchange them for money, which they will use to fund its substance-abuse prevention programs and alternative activities

for youth.

Collection efforts begin today and will run through Nov. 1.

“The primary goal of our phone drive fund-raiser is to collect wireless phones that consumers aren’t using anymore,” said Buddy Grinstead, chairman of the board for Grand Futures. “With more than 30 million used wireless phones lying idle in American homes and businesses, an individual can turn a used phone into new funding that helps support our mission.”

Phones may be donated at City Market, Safeway, Kmart, Jackson’s Office Supply, Verizon Wireless or the Grand Futures office, located at 1280 Industrial Ave., Suite E.

Any portable cellular of PCS phone will be accepted, excluding bag phones or vehicle-installed models. Grand Futures also will take the phone’s battery or charger if available.

“We’re very excited about this new fund-raising opportunity,” said Kent Nielson, senior director for Grand Futures. “Not only will it benefit our organization, but donated phones that can’t be refurbished are properly recycled to benefit the environment as well.”

All donors should deactivate their wireless service before turning in used phones.

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