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Recycle cell phones to aid victim services

Published: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

October is here, which means nights are getting colder and the smell of fall is in the air. October also brings Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Although documentation of domestic violence dates back to as early as 753 B.C., it wasn’t until 1987 that Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. In 1989, legislation was passed by the U.S. Congress and every year since then to help provide key leadership in the effort to stop domestic violence.

In the past year, the YWCA of the Sauk Valley served more than 750 victims of domestic violence. We greatly appreciate the community for all the donations, which includes all the old or used cell phones. The YWCA of the Sauk Valley joins forces with Shelter Alliance in recycling old and used cell phones for our domestic violence program.

The YWCA of the Sauk Valley uses the proceeds to continue to provide valuable victim services, which include safe shelter, counseling, advocacy, and a 24-hour hotline. If you have any old or used cell phones lying around, please bring them to either the Sterling or Dixon YWCA office to support our work.

Note to readers: Sara Hoffman is a legal advocate for the YWCA of the Sauk Valley.

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