The Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union (TFCU) will hold their fourth annual cell phone drive, this January & February. Cell phones donated at TFCU branches will be given to the STOP Domestic Violence Center in Essex County where they will be turned into Emergency 911 phones for domestic violence survivors. Over 300 phones have been collected through TFCU's previous drives.
To participate, simply bring old cell phones, chargers and accessories in any condition from any provider and drop them in the collection bins at any of the Credit Union's three branch locations; Ticonderoga, Port Henry and Elizabethtown, during regular business hours. Donations of toiletry items including shampoo, conditioner, body wash, as well as women’s clothing and blankets will also be accepted.
Before donating, make sure service contracts have been terminated, erase all data on the phone including contacts, texts, photos and removed the SIM card (if it has one). Tips for deleting cell phone data can be found at the credit union’s website tfcunow.com in the FAQ section. Any phones the center cannot use will be recycled, with the proceeds benefiting the center.