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Hopeline phone drive at Lambeau Field

Verizon Wireless is collecting cell phones to donate to Green Bay's Golden House.
Green Bay, Wis.(WFRV)- Fans going to Monday night's game have an opportunity to help domestic abuse victims in their community.

Verizon Wireless will be collecting used or unwanted mobile phones at the Lambeau Field gates before the game. It's all part of the national Hopeline program. $10 from each phone will be donated towards The Golden House in Green Bay which provides shelter for domestic abuse victims. But what happens after you donate your phone? Robert Kruse the assistant manager at a Green Bay Verizon store says there are a couple options.

"It's one of two ways. We can either refurbish the devices and then generate sales which we then donate to these different locations. Or the actual devices themselves, if they're in good working order, sometimes will be donated for use for victims and survivors." said Kruse.

The phones don't have to be in working order to be donated, and they also take accessories. For the Golden House, phones that are donated mean a lot more than just financial support. A new cell phone could be a life saver.

"It's a lifeline, it's a peace of mind." says Golden House Executive Director Karen Faulkner, "They have something that's theirs, something that can't be taken away from them by the abuser. They may not even know that the person has that new lifeline so it's real important."

In Wisconsin alone, Verizon has collected more than 11,000 phones which translates into over $70,000.

If you aren't going to Monday's game, phones can be donated at any home Packers game this season or at verizonwireless.com.

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