News Release

Verizon Wireless And The Durham, North Carolina, Rescue Mission Team-Up To Prepare Children To Go Back To School

Verizon Wireless Stores Will Serve As The Official Drop-Off Location For The Durham Rescue Mission's 'Back To School' Drive

July 26, 2006

Carly Culbertson
Verizon Wireless Carolinas/Tennessee Region
Carolyn.Culbertson@verizonwireless.com
864-987-2006

Robin Blackwood/JDPR
robinb@jdpr.com
864-233-3776, ext. 20

DURHAM, NC — Verizon Wireless announced today that starting Monday, July 31, four Verizon Wireless communications stores in the Triangle area will collect school supplies for children whose parents are unable to obtain the necessary supplies for the new school year. The donated school supplies will fill the backpacks of the children expected to attend the 8th Annual Durham Rescue Mission Back to School Party on Tuesday, August 22nd.

From July 31st to August 13th, the Durham Rescue Mission is asking the community to donate new blunt edge kid-safe scissors, rulers, pens and loose-leaf paper and bring these items to any of the four Verizon Wireless stores serving as drop-off locations:

Cary, NC
2003 Walnut Street
Cary, NC 27511
919-859-6700

Durham, NC (Streets at Southpoint)
6910 Fayetteville Rd , Suite 102
Durham, NC 27713
919-572-8900

Raleigh, NC
8311 Brier Creek Parkway, Suite 107
Raleigh, NC 27617
919-544-4000

Raleigh, NC
4421 Six Forks Road, Suite 120
Raleigh, NC 27609
919-785-2801

Last year, the Durham Rescue Mission gave away 2,125 backpacks filled with school supplies to children with the help of GlaxoSmithKline, a long-time supporter of the Durham Rescue Mission's Back to School Party.

"We are pleased that Verizon Wireless is joining us and GlaxoSmithKline to make the 8th Annual Back to School Party the best yet," said Ernie C. Mills, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Durham Rescue Mission. "Our goal has always been to provide the necessities for the children so they will be excited about going back to school."

For more information about the Durham Rescue Mission's "Back to School Party," please visit www.durhamrescuemission.org or contact Tony Gooch of the Durham Rescue Mission at 919-688-9641, ext. 5059.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 54.8 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.  

About GlaxoSmithKline
GlaxoSmithKline is one of the world's leading pharmaceutical and healthcare companies. It is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. For company information, please visit www.gsk.com.

About Durham Rescue Mission
Founded in 1974, the Durham Rescue Mission is the oldest, largest, most extensive provider of services for homeless men, women, children, and families in Durham. Services offered include food, clothing, shelter (emergency and transitional housing), educational opportunities to complete GED, computer training, and counseling. Our structured environment aids in eliminating alcohol and other drug dependency.

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