Archive for Thursday, April 19, 2007

Used cell phones wanted for seniors

April 19, 2007


Douglas County Senior Services is collecting used cell phones that can be fixed to call 911 dispatchers only.

The phones will be given to senior citizens who want to be able to use a cell phone for emergencies but can't afford or don't want a regular cell phone plan. The phones will only be able to call 911.

Senior Services also is partnering with Shelter Alliance of Miramar, Fla., which specializes in logistics and underwriting of fundraising programs through the collection and recycling of used cell phones. The money received from the recycled phones will help benefit seniors of Douglas County and the senior center.

Cell phone drop boxes can be found at the following locations:

¢ Baldwin City Public Library, 800 Seventh St.

¢ Eudora City Hall, 4 E. Seventh St.

¢ Eudora Public Library, 14 E. Ninth St.

¢ Lecompton City Hall, 327 Elmore.

¢ Senior Services, 745 Vt., Lawrence.


leadrain 11 years, 2 months ago

What ever happened to LifeAlert? " Help, I've fallen and I can't get up " It was simple and only required the push of a single button. I hope they can get their rhumatic joints to cooperate and allow them to use the phone in time.

gr 11 years, 2 months ago

"fixed"? I thought they all were supposed to be able to call 911 whether active service or not. Anyone know for sure?

hockmano 11 years, 2 months ago

I don't know.....they might make bomb threats.

Porter 11 years, 2 months ago

gr, Maybe "modified" is a better word than "fixed". These phones will be modified to be used ONLY for 911. You won't be able to use the phone to call your cousin Mabel in Belton.

pelliott 11 years, 2 months ago

I gave my old one to my mominlaw and she chose to prepay a hundred dollars, making it good for a year, or until she uses up the minutes. She won't, she plans to only use it only if out to the doctors and has a problem, By the prepay method, she can choose 911 or her family.
I was worried to read the story about cell phones not giving the location sometime for 911,

Jim Denney, Douglas County's emergency communications director, said that when a phone is no longer in service - and is only equipped to dial 911 - phone companies are required to continue providing the computer function that can help dispatchers track the phone.

"Whether they do or not is a whole different story," Denney said.

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