October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock is asking everyone in the county to bring their used cell phones and chargers to their closest clerk’s office location so they can be donated to domestic abuse victims.
“Your old phone can be a lifeline for an abuse victim,” Bock said. “I hope anyone who has an unused cell phone and charger will consider donating it to our annual cell phone drive, so victims can use it to make life-saving emergency calls, or let their family members know they are safe.”
All phones and chargers collected throughout October will be donated to Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse and the YWCA Harmony House.
Phones and chargers will be accepted from Oct. 1-31 at Bock’s offices in Royal Palm Beach, Belle Glade, Delray Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Beach.
All phones are sent to be refurbished, and personal information is removed. They are then given to the domestic violence agencies, who give the phones to their clients so they can make emergency calls. The phones also can be connected with cellular service providers so abuse victims can use the phones for other calls. Phones that can’t be refurbished will be recycled, with money going back to the domestic violence agencies.
For more information about this project, visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com or call (561) 355-2996.