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7/19/2013 6:00:00 AM
Ironwood State Prison partners with Cell phones for Soldiers to make calls home
Pictured are the confiscated phones that will be donated to Cell Phones for Soldiers.
Pictured are the confiscated phones that will be donated to Cell Phones for Soldiers.
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BLYTHE - As a way to prepare for the 4th of July, and in honor of our nation's soldiers, Ironwood State Prison (ISP) once again partnered with Cell Phones for Soldiers.

Cell Phones for Soldiers charity founded in 2004 has since provided over 181 million minutes of free talk time to service men and women stationed around the world. In addition to assisting service men and women with free talk time while deployed around the world, Cell Phones for Soldiers has also started "Helping Heroes Home" which provides emergency funds for returning veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships.

The program is quite simple in its approach to assisting our troops. Approximately half of all phones donated are reconditioned and reused. Those that are beyond repair are processed through "Mindful eCycling" which dismantles and responsibly recycles them to reclaim materials including:

• Gold, silver and platinum from circuit boards

• Copper wiring from phone chargers

• Nickel, iron, cadmium and lead from battery packs

Every $5 from these donated phones and/or components are able to provide two and a half hours of free talk time to deployed troops. The funds raised from recycling the inoperable cellular phones are used to purchase prepaid international calling cards. On average, Cell Phones for Soldiers distribute 12,000 calling cards each week to bases around the world, care package programs, deployment ceremonies and VA hospitals.

This donation of 100 cellular phones is Ironwood's second to this worthy cause. This is made possible only by the hard work and dedication of the staff at ISP to interdict the flow of contraband into the institution. Because of these continued efforts, they are proud to be able to help soldiers and veterans whether on deployment or coming home after serving their country.

Warden David B. Long said, "It is a great pleasure to be able to help our servicemen and women stay in touch with their loved ones while serving our nation. I am equally pleased that this donation and others like it; made possible by the diligence and continued efforts of the staff at Ironwood to prevent the flow of contraband and providing something positive for our troops".




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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, August 2, 2013
Article comment by: M Hiswifey

I think its funny that they bust inmates with phones. I wonder how they got those phones...hmmmm. Maybe you need to be tougher on your crooked COs selling these phones to the inamtes then you want to say to the public "look at these criminals with phones"..YOUR GAURDS BRING THEM IN! Quit trying to make the inmates and us visitors pay for your crooked employees doing dirt



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