Bring your old cellphone to the Packers game–it could be a lifesaver

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – A lot of people toss them in a drawer, never to be used again. However, your old or unused cell phone or charger could be someone’s lifeline.

At Thursday night’s Green Bay Packers game, the team and Verizon Wireless are teaming up to collect wireless devices to support survivors of domestic violence.

Volunteers will be collecting cell phones, batteries and chargers from all service providers at the Lambeau Field gates.

Verizon will refurbish and sell the donated items and use the proceeds to provide phones with pre-loaded minutes to domestic violence shelters.

People who work with victims of domestic abuse say having a cell phone can be a critical for a person escaping an abusive relationship.

“When a victim is leaving that can be the most dangerous time for them. Their partner is losing control and things can get ugly,” said Koren Petersen, Communications and Development Coordinator of Golden House. “It’s vital that victims are able to have that safety plan in place, know where they can go and have this lifeline, this cell phone with them.”

If you can’t make it to the game, you can donate to the Verizon Hopeline at any Verizon store. There’s also a donation box in the Lambeau Field Atrium.

Golden House domestic abuse shelter in Green Bay collects the wireless devices all year.