Pick up free emergency cellphone or donate one
Free emergency cellphones — made possible through the 911 Emergency Cell Phone program, sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging — are available at Clearwater's Senior Citizens Services Center.
The organization is one of several in Pinellas and Pasco counties that accept donations of cellphones that are processed for re-issue as emergency phones.
Examples of 911 emergency calls include fire or smoke in a building, a car accident, trespassers, imminent medical need, downed power lines and other situations that require immediate attention. Details will be explained when the phones are given.
Anyone in the Pinellas/Pasco area is eligible for a phone. There is no maximum income limit or other restrictions.
Any phone donation is welcome, but Bob Wittenberg, executive director, said one of the agency's biggest challenges is finding chargers to match the phones. If possible, include a compatible charger if you donate a phone.
Senior Citizens Services also helps low-income seniors apply for new regular cellphones through the Safe-Link and Assurance cellphone programs sponsored by the state and federal governments.
The center, at 1204 Rogers St. in Clearwater, is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (727) 442-8104 for information.