A local town official is asking people to donate their unused phones for veterans.
Brookhaven town Councilwoman Jane Bonner (R-Rocky Point) is teaming up with Cell Phones For Soldiers, a national nonprofit dedicated to providing cost-free communication services and emergency funding to active-duty military members and veterans. Donations of devices allow the organization to fund its three programs, which include:
• Minutes That Matter: Domestic air time that provides domestic wireless minutes and phones to veterans, military personal and military family members
• Minutes That Matter: International calling cards that provide free calling cards to troops overseas to help connect to loved ones.
• Helping Heroes Homes: Assists veterans with emergency funds to alleviate communication challenges, as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships.
“Our military men and women take extended time away from their families to ensure our safety,” Bonner said. “It is an honor to work with Cell Phones For Soldiers to provide them with a connection to their loved ones while they are serving and protecting our country.”
The drive will take place from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. Residents can donate their cell phones at these four Brookhaven town locations:
• Highway Department, 1140 Old Town Road, Coram
• Rose Caracappa Senior Center, Route 25A in Mount Sinai
• Henrietta Acampora Recreation Center, 39 Montauk Highway, Blue Point
•Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill in Farmingville
For further information, call 631-451-6964.