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Oct. 22, 2010
 
“Answer the Call” Cell Phone Drive to benefit victims of domestic violence
 
CHANDLER, Ariz. - In observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the City is soliciting donated cell phones for conversion to 911 emergency phones.
 
The “Answer the Call” Cell Phone Donation Drive hopes to collect 150 used cellphones from City employees and the public between now and Nov. 19.
 
Donated cell phones can be used by domestic violence victims as a life line for emergencies. The Chandler Police Department Victim Services Unit will distribute the donated phones to victims in need.
 
The City and Soroptimist International of the San Tans are organizing the drive and have secured the following Chandler and Tempe locations as drop off sites:
 
•  Chandler Police Department Main Station, 250 E Chicago St.
•  Chandler West Police Substation, 251 N. Desert Breeze Blvd.
•  Chandler South Police Substation, 4040 E. Chandler Heights Rd.
•  Chandler Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St.
•  Basha Library, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler
•  Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler
•  Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler
•  Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201
•  JA Associates, 3910 S. Rural Rd., Tempe
•  Luna Fitness, 975 E. Elliot Rd., Tempe
•  Wet Paint Art, 806 S. Ash Ave., Tempe
•  Chandler Neighborhood Resources Division, 235 S. Arizona Ave. (after Oct. 29)
 
Before donating a phone, it is important to delete all personal information. This includes stored phone numbers, call history and text messages. A working charger must accompany the cell phone donation.  Persons desiring an in-kind donation slip for their donation should include their name and phone number with their donated phone.
 
Brochures and other materials about domestic violence will be available at the City donation sites. If you are a victim of domestic violence or know someone who is, assistance is available by contacting the following organizations:
 
Chandler Police Department Victim Services Unit, 480-782-4535
24-Hour National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
CONTACS Shelter Hotline for Maricopa County, 1-800-799-7739
Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence,
www.azcadv.org
 
In an emergency, call 9-1-1.