The Jaguars have joined with corporate partners ALLTEL and Motorola, and The Wireless Foundation, to host a Donate a Phone campaign to benefit victims of domestic violence.
Fans planning to attend the team's next home game against the Buffalo Bills on October 18 are encouraged to donate used wireless phones at collection sites that will be set up outside the entrances to ALLTEL Stadium.
Cornerback Fernando Bryant, who volunteers with Jacksonville's Hubbard House, a shelter for battered women and their children, is serving as the Jaguars spokesman for the program, which provides refurbished wireless phones with preprogrammed numbers to victims of domestic violence, who can utilize the phones in emergency situations. A wireless phone often serves as an emergency lifeline and can provide a sense of security for children and families who are victims of domestic violence.
As part of the program, Hubbard House will receive 75 new wireless phones and airtime provided by ALLTEL.
Additional NFL teams are participating in the program this fall. "The Donate a Phone program is making a difference in the lives of victims by helping them regain the confidence and freedom they so rightly deserve through the use of wireless phones," said Amma Gail Patin, Hubbard House's Director of Victim Services, who will participate in a pregame ceremony. "Thanks to Jaguars fans, ALLTEL and Motorola, police and other emergency services are just a push button away when domestic violence victims feel threatened or are in danger."
Fans can also donate phones by calling 1-888-901-SAFE or by visiting www.donateaphone.com For more information, please contact the Jaguars Community Affairs Dept. by calling (904) 633-6582.