The Lexington County Sheriff's Department is accepting donations of used cell phones and accessories well into next year to help provide telephone talk time to deployed soldiers.
The donated phones are given to the non-profit group Cell Phones for Soldiers, which sells them to a recycling company and then uses the proceeds to buy pre-paid telephone calling cards for U.S. troops serving outside the country.
In September, more than 8,000 used cell phones and 2,300 chargers were donated for the program.
And Sheriff's Major John Allard says additional donations will be accepted and collected until September of next year.
“Since 2010, the Sheriff's Department – in partnership with the Corrections Department and Lake Murray ABATE – has donated more than 25,000 cellular telephones and accessories to Cell Phones for Soldiers,” Allard says.
“As a result of the donation, Cell Phones for Soldiers provided more than 828,000 minutes of free telephone talk time to members of the United States armed forces who are deployed overseas.”
Allard says cell phones can be donated even if they're not in proper working order.
Personal info and pictures should be deleted first, and the phones and accessories can be dropped off at Sheriff's Department headquarters in Lexington, as well as regional offices in Pelion and Gilbert, and at Crooked Creek Park in Chapin.
For more details, you can call (803) 223-3778.