MORE THAN 1100 CELL PHONES COLLECTED IN CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS PHONE DRIVESenator DeFrancisco Thanks Central New Yorkers for Their Generosity Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced today that Central New Yorkers donated more than 1100 phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers through the phone drive this year.
New York State Senator John A. DeFrancisco made a $100 contribution to Katie Stewart, a local girl scout from Brewerton, New York. Under the leadership of Katie’s mother, Kelly Stewart, Katie and other girls in her Brownie Troop are collecting donations to send cookies to members of armed forces who are currently serving abroad. This is the third consecutive year that Katie and her fellow Brownies have made such a charitable effort.
Ryan Manahan, a high school student from Marcellus, collected 3 dozen cell phones for the Cell Phones for Soldiers Program. He presented them to Senator DeFrancisco with his parents and members of the Marcellus American Legion Post 297.
As a state senator and an Air Force veteran, I ask that you pause this Veterans Day to reflect on our nation's past wars and to honor all veterans who have served our country honorably. A veteran knows first hand that the ideals of democracy and freedom are linked to the faithful service of members of our armed forces.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse), an Air Force veteran, is once again calling on Central New Yorkers to support our troops this holiday season by donating their used cell phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers. Major Martin Debock, executive officer for the Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion, Master Sergeant Peter Palumb, and Mark Burns, public affairs specialist for the battalion,joined Senator DeFrancisco at a press conference to discuss the importance of helping our troops stay connected.
Senator DeFrancisco held a press conference on November 29, 2011, to kick off his annual collection drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers. He is pictured with Master Sergeant Peter Palumb and Major Martin Debock.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco has started his collection drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers. You can drop off your old cell phones at various collection sites throughout Onondaga County. During a recent press conference, the Senator explained why the non-profit program is so important to soldiers and their families.