PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless and the Philadelphia Eagles will collect no-longer-used wireless phones to benefit survivors of domestic violence at the team's week six matchup vs. the Atlanta Falcons this Sunday. Through the Verizon Wireless' HopeLine® program, the phones will be refurbished and recycled or sold. Proceeds will be used to purchase wireless phones for use by domestic violence survivors in emergency or life-threatening situations. The HopeLine program, in cooperation with the Eagles Go Green initiative, also provides an environmentally friendly method for recycling used cell phones and has kept more than 200 tons of electronic waste and batteries out of landfills.
Eagles fans can bring their wireless phones, from any provider, to the game and deposit them in the HopeLine collection bins at the entrance of Lincoln Financial Field. Phones can also be dropped off at the club and suite gate entrances, as well as the employee check-in and press gates. Phones will be collected until the 1 p.m. kickoff. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. Fans who won't be in attendance Sunday can donate their wireless phones at any Verizon Wireless store or mail them in using the free postage-paid label, which can be found at www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.
This is the seventh year the Eagles and Verizon Wireless have teamed up to fight domestic violence in our communities.
"We are inspired by the commitment which Verizon has made to helping victims of domestic violence," said Marlyse Fant, VP of Sales and Service for the Eagles. "Donating a phone is such a simple but impactful way to make a difference. I hope our fans will take a moment to look in drawers, old briefcases or elsewhere to locate unused phones that would be incredibly useful to someone in need."
"For the past seven years, we have been proud to partner with the Philadelphia Eagles and are always impressed by the great response from fans," said Mario Turco, President of Verizon Wireless' Philadelphia Tri-State Region. "These phone donations go a long way in helping area domestic violence agencies reach their number one goal: keeping their clients and all domestic violence victims safe."
Verizon Wireless has been the official wireless provider since 2003 for the Philadelphia Eagles, participating in a number of marketing and community outreach programs, including:
- Sponsorship of the Philadelphia Eagles Mobile iNzone, which lets Verizon Wireless customers sign up to receive exclusive Eagles news via text message updates sent to their wireless phones, directly from the team
- Free football skills development clinics led by Eagles players for Philadelphia-area youth
- Eagles participation in Verizon Wireless' annual "Packs for Pride" project, an initiative coordinated by local Verizon Wireless employees in the company's Philadelphia region that provides backpacks filled with clothing, toys and other items to children living in domestic violence shelters and safe houses
- Eagles home-game ticket donations to families throughout the region living in domestic violence shelters and safe houses
Since 2001, HopeLine has collected more than seven million phones and more than one million phones have been recycled. More than $7.9 million in cash grants has been awarded to domestic violence prevention and awareness programs across the country. No-longer-needed wireless phones are accepted at all Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the Philadelphia Tri-State Region and at company retail locations across the country. All wireless phone models, batteries and chargers from any carrier are accepted.
For store locations and additional information, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.
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