A public service announcement urging donations of old cellphones led to a surprise in at the Roanoke County Sheriff’s office — but they’ve worked out a solution to the unexpected deliveries. The story from News/Talk 960’s Evan Jones.[audio:https://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/08-18-Cellphones-Wrap01-WEB.mp3|titles=08-18 Cellphones Wrap01-WEB]
The PSA is a request for cellphones that women and children considered at risk can use for emergencies. At one point, it says “Contact your sheriff’s office”, but not all areas sheriff’s take part in this program. Roanoke County Sheriff Mike Winston says they’re not part of it, but once the announcement started airing, people started bringing in phones. Instead of turning them away, they’re collecting any phones that come in and arrange for relays to deliver them to Bedford County. The Roanoke City Sheriff’s office say anyone bringing in old cellphones is referred to city police.