IRVINE, CA — Orange resident Lori Duquette learned how devastating domestic violence is after discovering a close friend was a victim. Seeking to help victims of domestic abuse, Lori decided to take action this past October, National Domestic Violence Awareness month.
Duquette and the staff at Eastside Hair Company/Platinum Strands Salon organized a wireless phone collection drive to support HopeLineSM, a national phone-recycling program by Verizon Wireless that directly benefits victims of domestic violence. The salon received an overwhelming response from Orange County residents during the one-month drive, gathering 393 wireless phones.
Verizon Wireless will refurbish, recycle and/or sell the collected phones for parts, using the proceeds to award cash grants or wireless phones with airtime to human service and public safety agencies to help victims of abuse. As a result of HopeLine, and the company's predecessor phone recycling programs, Verizon Wireless has collected more than 790,000 used wireless phones to benefit domestic violence victims and advocacy groups since 1995. Today, Verizon Wireless stores throughout the country, including the company's Orange County retail locations, welcome donations of no longer used wireless phones, year-round.
"Many women don't know what to do when they are in an abusive relationship," said Lori Duquette. "After personally seeing domestic violence devastate someone close to me, I knew I had to do something to help. I looked into the HopeLine program and thought 'I can do that. I would like to personally thank all of those who donated their phones and extend my gratitude to Verizon Wireless for their HopeLine program."
Verizon Wireless encourages customers who are upgrading their wireless phones, or changing carriers, to participate in its exclusive HopeLine phone-recycling program. Phones that cannot be salvaged are scrapped are disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. Wireless phones and equipment donations may also be shipped to:
c/o Verizon Wireless
1776 East Ellsworth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
For more information about HopeLine, customers can call 1-800-426-2790 between the hours of 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM EST Monday through Saturday, and between 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST on Sunday. Tax receipts are available. Customers can also visit the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.
In addition to HopeLine, Verizon Wireless provides a direct connection to victims seeking help. By dialing #HOPE from a Verizon Wireless phone on the carrier's nationwide network, victims will get an immediate connection to the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-SAFE) and a step towards safety and independence. The call is toll and airtime free.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 31.5 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, 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.
About the Eastside Hair Company/Platinum Strands Salon
Eastside Hair Company/Platinum Strands Salon is an internationally known full service salon located in Orange. The Salon offers hair color and cutting/styling; complete nail care; face & body care; aromatherapy, therapeutic massage, permanent cosmetics & face design; as well as quality services and products. The staff is continuously trained and updated on the newest techniques known to the beauty industry. Appointments are available by calling (714) 532-2633.
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