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Manchester College collecting

cell phones for Hands of Hope

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.




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