Donate cell phones at NWIC to support victims of domestic violence

Do you have an old cell phone that's collecting dust? Verizon Wireless is conducting a national campaign to collect those old phones to help victims of domestic violence. Drop boxes have been set up across Northwest Indian College's Lummi campus.

Verizon will reprogram each phone with 3,000 minutes and phone numbers for 911 and the National Domestic Violence Hotline. The company will then distribute the phones to domestic violence organizations to pass on to victims who need phones for their safety.

Collection boxes are located in the Center for Student Success (Building 17), outside the Indigenous Service Learning Office (Building 10) and in the lobby of the Administration Building (Building 1).

As part of this campaign, Verizon is offering a reward to the county that collects the most cell phones. The county with the most cell phones collected will win $10,000 for domestic violence victim services and will be nationally recognized at a ceremony in San Diego.

Collection continues through the end of June.

For more information, visit the website of the Bellingham-Whatcom County Commission Against Domestic Violence at dvcommission.org/news .