PHILADELPHIA, PA — Verizon Wireless and the Philadelphia Eagles will collect no-longer-used wireless phones to benefit survivors of domestic violence at the team's home opener vs. the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, September 20. Through Verizon Wireless' HopeLine® program, the phones will be refurbished and recycled or sold. Proceeds will be used to purchase wireless phones for use by domestic violence survivors in emergency or life-threatening situations. The HopeLine Program, in cooperation with the Eagles Go Green initiative, also provides an environmentally friendly method for recycling used cell phones and has kept more than 200 tons of electronic waste and batteries out of landfills.
Eagles fans can bring their wireless phones to the game and deposit them in the HopeLine collection bins at the entrance of Lincoln Financial Field. Phones can also be dropped off at the club and suite gate entrances, and employee check-in and press gates. Phones will be collected until the 1 p.m. kickoff. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. Fans who won't be in attendance Sunday can donate their wireless phones at any Verizon Wireless store, any time of year.
This is the sixth consecutive year the Eagles and Verizon Wireless have teamed up to fight domestic violence in our communities.
"We are so lucky to have a partner like Verizon Wireless. They fully leverage the power of our brand, and they reach out to our fans with compelling offers and information about their products and services, but they also utilize the partnership to impact a great program like HopeLine. We wish them the best of luck this year in their collection, and ask all of our game day attendees to seriously consider making a donation of this nature," said Marlyse Fant, VP of Sales and Service for the Eagles.
"These donations of wireless phones have made a tremendous difference for victims of domestic violence," said Mario Turco, President of Verizon Wireless' Philadelphia Tri-State Region. "The Philadelphia Eagles and the fans have been committed to this cause every year, and we are proud of this partnership."
Since the 2003 season, Verizon Wireless has been the official wireless provider for the Philadelphia Eagles, participating in a number of marketing and community outreach programs, including:
- Sponsorship of the Philadelphia Eagles Mobile iNzone, which lets Verizon Wireless customers sign up to receive exclusive Eagles news via text message updates sent to their wireless phones, directly from the team
- Free football skills development clinics led by Eagles players for Philadelphia-area youth
- Eagles participation in Verizon Wireless' annual "Packs for Pride" project, an initiative coordinated by local Verizon Wireless employees in the company's Philadelphia Region that provides backpacks filled with clothing, toys and other items to children living in domestic violence shelters and safe houses
- Eagles home-game ticket donations to families throughout the region living in domestic violence shelters and safe houses
Since 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 5.6 million phones and more than one million phones have been recycled. Verizon Wireless has also awarded nearly $6.3 million in cash grants to domestic violence prevention and awareness programs across the country. No-longer-needed wireless phones are accepted at all Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the Philadelphia Tri-State Region and at company retail locations across the country. All wireless phone models, batteries and chargers from any carrier are accepted.
For store locations and additional information, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline. For more information on the 2009 Philadelphia Eagles, visit the Eagles official Web site at www.PhiladelphiaEagles.com.
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