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SpringHaven participating in cell phone collection drive

By Robert Villanueva


By ROBERT VILLANUEVA rvillanueva@thenewsenterprise.com ELIZABETHTOWN — SpringHaven Domestic Violence Program is calling on the public to help its shelter. Now through June 15, SpringHaven is participating in a cell phone drive in competition for $1,000. People can donate old cell phones to help the program raise money and meet its goal. “We have actually been collecting cell phones for a couple of years, but this year it’s a competition,” said Lisa Holmes, SpringHaven executive director. The competition is held by Shelter Alliance, a fundraising program of GRC Wireless Recycling. Participating organizations must recycle at least 300 cell phones to be eligible for the random drawing in which five winners each will receive $1,000. “Folks upgrade their phones frequently,” Holmes said. Instead of throwing the phones away or letting them collect dust, the old phones can help the nonprofit agency. SpringHaven provides free services — such as shelter, counseling and education — to victims of domestic violence living in Hardin, LaRue, Meade, Nelson, Breckinridge, Grayson, Marion and Washington counties. Collection boxes have been placed at Hardin County Public Library’s main branch, Nolin RECC, the LaRue County Courthouse, and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. Additional collection sites would be welcomed, Holmes said. SpringHaven will receive money for each cell phone it turns in, regardless of whether it meets the goal of 300. Shelter Alliance provides labels for the shipping. “We just stick it on a box and FedEx comes and picks it up. We don’t even pay for that,” Holmes said. Cells phones already have been collected from employees of Accumetric in Elizabethtown. “So far, so good,” Holmes said. Even though SpringHaven is not guaranteed the $1,000, Holmes believes the program would win. “I am extremely confident,” Holmes said. “We’re very competitive.” For more information about donating old cell phones or to set up a collection box at your business call SpringHaven at 765-4057. Robert Villanueva can be reached at (270) 505-1743.