During the hectic holiday season, sometimes you need to take a moment to step back, scale back and give back. Charitable giving is an important part of many of our celebrations, but it can be tough to find the time and motivation to truly pay it forward. Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to use technology to give back to your community and the world.
Text and Give
“Text to give” donation programs are hugely popular, for good reason – all you have to do is text a given number to donate a set amount (usually $10 or under) to a cause. The donation is then added to your monthly phone bill by your provider. No sweat, right?
These mobile donations are the simplest way to give back, and many nonprofits and charitable organizations have already set up this service. Watch for “text to give” or “text to donate” on TV or social media during donation drives for your preferred causes. Then save the number provided – it’s usually 5 or 6 digits.
Donate Old Cell Phones
Don’t let unused or unwanted old devices go to waste. You can “donate” old cell phones to younger or less fortunate family members or friends, for a start. You can also donate your old devices to the community through one of these cell phone donation organizations.
In general, you can always ask veterans’ groups, women’s or homeless shelters, food banks, nonprofits or your favorite local charity if they accept cell phone donations. Many will be happy to accept your device. You can also seek out organizations like Hyla that refurbish and recycle cell phones and provide them to people in need around the world.
U.S. Cellular® is proud to present the Future of Good, a group of remarkable young people that have chosen to give back with generationOn. These teens have been empowered to start their own charities based on their interests and the different needs of their local communities. Visit the Future of Good website to get inspired about ways you can give back, too.
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