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Cell Phones For Soldiers' drive on now

Senator John A. DeFrancisco, an Air Force Veteran, is again calling on Central New Yorkers to support our troops this holiday season by donating their used cell phones to "Cell Phones for Soldiers."

Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel Richard Rouleau, Public Affairs Chief Pete Spadora and Public Affairs Specialist Mark Burns joined Senator DeFrancisco at a press conference Wednesday morning to help support the cause and discuss the importance of helping our troops stay connected.

"I am proud to show my support for our soldiers and to contribute to a worthy cause," said DeFrancisco. "Our military members are making a tremendous sacrifice for all of us. In return, we need to show them we appreciate their service and sacrifice. This cell phone drive helps our military men and women keep in touch with their loved ones."

Last year, Central New Yorkers delivered more than 1,500 phones through this program.

"I am very pleased to once again take part in Senator DeFrancisco's Cell Phone Collection Drive," said Rouleau. "This program provides an easy way for our community to help the men and women who are serving overseas year-round, and I am happy to support Senator DeFrancisco's efforts."

How to donate

Local residents can support the collection drive by delivering their used cell phones to Sen. DeFrancisco's office, 800 State Office Building, 333 East Washington St.

Cell phones can also be brought to drop-off points at the Information Centers at Shoppingtown Mall and Great Northern Mall and at Solvay Public Library.

What happens to the donated phones?

Donated phones will be sent to ReCellular, which pays "Cell Phones for Soldiers" for each phone - enough to provide an hour of talk time to a soldier abroad.

About half of the phones ReCellular processes are reconditioned and resold to wholesale companies in more than 40 countries around the world.

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