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posted: 10/19/2013 12:01 AM

Yingling launches cellphone drive for domestic violence groups

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State Rep. Sam Yingling submission

To support victims of domestic violence, House District 62 state Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake, announced he will host a cellphone drive for the Verizon Wireless HopeLine Program.

The drive will collect used cellphones at locations throughout District 62 during October that will be distributed to participating domestic violence organizations nationwide.

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"Domestic violence is a devastating epidemic that continues to be problematic in communities, but hardly receives the proper attention it deserves," Yingling said. "I'm happy to be working with Verizon Wireless and their HopeLine Program that connects survivors of domestic violence to vital resources and funds organizations nationwide. This program also serves to protect the environment, keeping electronics out of landfills by recycling old phones."

Out-of-use cellphones and accessories in any condition from any wireless provider can be dropped off at the following locations:

• Grayslake Village Hall, 10 South Seymour Ave., Grayslake

• Grayslake Park District Recreation Center, 240 Commerce Drive, Grayslake

• Cacao Sweets & Treats, 122 Center St., Grayslake

• Round Lake Area Public Library, 906 Hart Road, Round Lake

• Wauconda Fire District, Station #1, 109 West Liberty St., Wauconda

Yingling's full-time constituent service office, 20 W. North St., Hainesville.

"Nearly one in four women, one in seven men and more than 3 million children in the United States are affected by domestic violence," Yingling said. "In addition to providing victims with safer means of communication, I hope this drive will help to raise awareness and bring attention to this important issue. Any efforts made in support of domestic violence organizations can help prevent this problem nationwide."

The 62nd District contains portions of Gages Lake, Grayslake, Hainesville, the Round Lake communities, Wauconda and Wildwood.

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