Glendale store’s cellphone drive helps victims of domestic violence

Photo courtesy Fix-n-Go Electronics

A local electronics store in Glendale is hosting a charity phone recycling drive to support victims of domestic violence.

Fix-n-Go Electronics, located at 67-07 Myrtle Ave., will begin accepting old cellphones as donations for HopeLine, a charity organization that benefits the survivors of domestic violence. Previously, the shop turned back customers with outdated phones, but decided this year to put the devices to good use.

“In January, we have a lot of people come to the store hoping to sell or trade in older phones after upgrading over the holiday season,” said Frank Calvario of Fix-n-Go Electronics. “Rather than turn them away, we want to allow our customers the opportunity to donate these phones to a good cause, and help the environment at the same time.”

Fix-n-Go Electronics has partnered with HopeLine, which recycles old cellphones and distributes them to survivors of domestic violence. This helps connect those impacted by domestic violence to vital resources and allow them to leave abusive situations.

“As someone whose life has been affected by domestic violence, HopeLine is a charity that is close to my heart,” Chelsey McChesney said.

In addition, HopeLine has used the funds from recycling phones that are too broken to be salvaged into over $29 million in grants to domestic violence charities.

With electronic waste starting to pile up in landfills, this recycling drive helps keep these old cellphones from making their way into the garbage.

“By donating old phones and phone accessories at Fix-n-Go Electronics, not only will participants be helping those affected by domestic violence, but they will also be doing something good for the environment,” Calvario said.

The recycling drive begins on Jan. 15 and runs until they fill the boxes to send to HopeLine. If the charity event is a success, they will continue to accept old phones through February. Everyone who donates a phone during the drive will receive a free phone cleaner kit.

For more information on Fix-n-Go Electronics, visit their website fixngoelectronics.com

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