Prisons donate cell phones to benefit warfighters
|The California Correctional Center (CCC) and High Desert State Prison (HDSP) donate more than 1,600 confiscated cellular phones to the Soaring Eagle Blue Star Mothers to be sold and the proceeds used to purchase prepaid calling cards for use by warfighters.|
|Pictured with some of the cell phones are Acting CCC Warden R.L. Gower, Soaring Eagle Blue Star Moms Shannon Martin, Darla Brown, Christine Boyd and HDSP Chief Deputy Warden Fred Foulk.|
Nov. 6, 2012 — On Wednesday, Oct. 17, California Correctional Center (CCC) Acting Warden R. L. Gower and High Desert State Prison (HDSP) Chief Deputy Warden, Fred Foulk presented the Soaring Eagle Blue Star Mothers with 1,629 cellular phones.
Shannon Martin, Darla Brown, and Christine Boyd were on-hand to represent the Soaring Eagle Blue Star Moms. The Soaring Eagle Blue Star Moms are paying more than $200 in shipping cost to send the confiscated cellular phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers (CPFS), an organization that provides free talk time to our deployed soldiers by recycling the cellular phones and using the funds to purchase prepaid calling cards.
On an average, 13,000 are mailed to military personnel overseas each week. Founded in 2004, CPFS is a nonprofit organization and has provided more than 150 million minutes of free talk time to U.S. military personnel.
Over the last couple of years, CCC and HDSP staff have joined forces in confiscating contraband cellular phones from the inmate population. The cellular phones represent an extreme security breach to the safety and security of the staff and community.
Cellular phones have become a popular and dangerous contraband item among the inmate population. The donated cellular phones are contraband that were confiscated from inmates at CCC and HDSP, as well as from inmates located in the 18 Northern California Fire Camps.
Both CCC and HDSP staff are excited about taking a negative situation and turning it into a positive one.
Anyone wishing to donate cellular phones may contact CPFS directly online at cellphonesforsoldiers.com or call (800) 426-1031. The donation of cellular phones helps the troops and is an alternative to depositing the devices in landfills.
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