LCSD accepts used phones to benefit soldiers

The StateNovember 5, 2013 

— The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is accepting used cellular telephones and telephone accessories to benefit Cell Phones for Soldiers.

The campaign will run through September 2014.

The non-profit group sells the equipment to a recycling company, which uses the proceeds to buy pre-paid telephone calling cards that are issued to members of the U.S. armed forces who are serving our nation outside the United States.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said used telephones can be donated to Cell Phones for Soldiers even if the devices are not in proper working order. Personal information and personal photographs should be deleted from all used cellular phones that are donated.

The electronics can be donated at the following four facilities: Lexington County James R. Metts Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington; North Region Service Center, 111 Lincreek Drive, Columbia; South Region Service Center, 102 Airport Road, Pelion; Sheriff’s Department West Region Headquarters, 4079-B Augusta Highway, Gilbert; and Crooked Creek Park, 1098 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin.

In September, the Sheriff’s Department in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Corrections and Lake Murray ABATE donated 8,053 used cellular telephones and 2,300 telephone chargers to Cell Phones for Soldiers, Metts said.

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