|Posted by Freda R Selk on February 28, 2011 at 1:34 AM|
from Lori Odle
I saw a segment this morning on TV and Facebook and did some research. http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/change-phone-save-life-12920463 I'm going to be collecting old cell phones and Freda offered to set out a box in the central office if you'd like to donate any old cell phones you have. I will pick them up at the end of March.
How will my phone make an impact?
Every cell phone given to community health workers connects distant patients to a medical clinic. A $10 cell phone will give 50 families access to emergency medical care, health information, transport services, and clinic resources.
When your old phone is received by the recycling center, it is given a value. We’ll use this value to purchase appropriate, usable cell phones for community health workers at the medical clinics. The average donated phone in the US will allow us to purchase 2-3 cell phones for clinics.
I've requested collection boxes and shipping labels so that I can send the phones. I'll also be collecting cell phones from the ICRA members in April to add to this shipment.
If you'd like to donate directly, you can follow this link http://hopephones.org/donate/ and a form will pop up so you can tell them how many you are donating and print your own shipping label.
You simply need to deactivate your phones and leave the batteries in. They don't need your chargers. You might even see some collection centers around town as they set them across the U.S.
Lori Odle, RN
Univ of Iowa/State Health Registry of Iowa
2600 University Capitol Centre (UCC)
Iowa City IA 52242-5500
3180 170th St., Marshalltown IA 50158
641.474.2382 home office