Sacred Heart participating in cell phone drive for soldiers

Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 09:20 AM.

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf’s associate mission council will be collecting phones for “Cell Phones for Soldiers.”  Cell Phones for Soldiers is a non-profit organization that turns old cell phones into minutes of prepaid calling cards for U.S. troops stationed overseas. Phones are sent to ReCellular, which pays "Cell Phones for Soldiers" enough to provide one hour of talk time for each recycled cell phone. Any and all cell phones are accepted.

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf’s Associate Mission Council welcomes donations from the community. 

“Bring your phone to the hospital and we will be happy to forward them toward a good purpose,” said Jeff Ryan, hospital chaplain.

Collection boxes are located in the main lobby of the hospital.  The collection will run through September and October. Final drop offs should be made before Oct. 31.

In addition to health fairs and educational programs, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf lives out its mission to serve those in need through the good will of the associates.  Each year, a committee of associates spearheads as many as 12 mission activities for fellow associates to participate.  Annual events include a fall food drive, school drives and road clean up. 

“At Sacred Heart, giving is ingrained in our culture, providing more than care to those who visit our facility. We are a part of the community,” said Kathy Chastain, Chief Nursing Officer.

Ryan explained, “You can erase all personal data from your phone by accessing through the internet. They will provide step by step directions on how to erase your personal information from your donated phone.”

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