Use Old Technology To Help Earthquake Victims In Haiti

Monday, January 25, 2010, AM | Leave Comment

We, the American people, can support the people of Haiti in their hour of need in a variety of ways. One way is to recycle old cell phones that are collecting dust in our homes. The earthquake has devastated their livelihood, their belonging and their dwellings are wiped out from the surface of our dearest earth.

The 7.0-magnitude earthquake should be an eye-opener to us all. We must reach out and help the folks of Haiti where our helping hand has long been needed, now more than ever.

  • Donate your old and not-in-use cell phones

    If you want to support the relief effort in Haiti, and I am sure you do, but are minding your finances, consider donating any old cell phones if you got them to ReCellular’s Phones-for-Haiti program. By the way, there are over 1 billion unused phones floating around out there! An astonishing figure, won’t you say!

  • How does the whole process work?

    Your old cell phone will be refurbished by ReCellular and then resold in developing countries as a low-cost alternative to a new phone. The full value of each donated phone (chargers and batteries are accepted, too) is passed directly along to the American Red Cross. Shipping your old phone to ReCellular’s Michigan processing plant is free.

  • Who is ReCellular?

    ReCellular, the world’s leading electronics sustainability firm, has already donated over $10 million to various organizations through recycle and refurbishment so it’s not some fly-by-night program to be leary of. And again, 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to the Red Cross.

Moral of the story
This may not seem like the most instantaneous way to help, but if you have an old cell phone that you have been meaning to recycle, then this is a good time as any to do so. Even if your contribution is not put to use tomorrow, the recovery and rebuilding efforts in and around Port-au-Prince are just beginning. So please donate.

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