The Leon County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Larry Campbell kicked off the "Cell Phones for Seniors Program" on March 3, 2004 and presented cell phones to twelve senior Leon County residents.
The purpose of this program is to enhance the well being of seniors by offering accessibility and use of a cell phone for the sole purpose of contacting 9-1-1 in case of emergency. Requirements for qualifying for the program are as follows:
- Citizens 60 years of age or older.
- Demonstrate physical or financial need.
- Live in his/her own apartment or home.
The supply of cell phones relies on the amount of people donating their old cell phones and chargers. At this time, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office has donated 77 of their surplus cell phones to the program, but they are asking the community to check their junk drawers, homes and offices for extra cell phones to donate. Requirements for donations of cell phones and chargers are as follows:
- Cell phones must be less than two years old.
- All information should be erased from the memory and the phone should be "unlocked".
- Donors are asked to place the cell phone and charger in a zip lock bag for easier handling and to prevent the cord from tangling.
The "Cell Phones for Seniors Program" is administered through the Leon County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit. Donations of cell phones may be made at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, 2825 Municipal Way. For additional information, to donate or seek qualification for a cell phone, please call 606-3334.