cell phones for Hands
NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (Dec. 8, 2003) - Manchester
College is asking for donations of old cell phones and toiletries for
residents of the local Hands of Hope shelter for abused women.
With Christmas and the New Year coming, many people are
receiving new cell phones. New regulations and choices also may lead to new
service arrangements, which also require new cell phones with new abilities.
Hands of Hope, a local program confronting domestic
violence, can use those old cell phones to give to their clients. The women
can use the telephones to make 911 emergency calls. While the previous
owner's phone number is disabled, and no other calls can be made from the
phone on that number, 911 remains active. (For those concerned about
privacy, traces of previous use of the phone, such as electronic telephone
books, are eliminated.)
To date, Manchester College employees and students have
given Hands of Hope a total of 45 cell phones. They've also collected more
than 149 pounds of small, individual toiletries (soaps and shampoo from
hotels, for example) for the women of the shelter.
Townsfolk are invited to drop off their unneeded cell
phones at the President's Office in the Manchester College Administration
Building at 604 E. College Ave.
Hands of Hope, based in Wabash, is organized through
Family Services of Wabash County to serve victims of domestic violence and
sexual abuse, providing counseling and shelter. To contact Hands of Hope,
call 260-553-4407. The cell phone and personal toiletries collection is a
project of Manchester College.