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Red Sox collecting used phones at Fenway to support Jimmy Fund

Posted by David D'Onofrio  August 15, 2013 11:23 AM

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Between their current 11-game roadtrip and next week’s visit to the West Coast, the Red Sox return home this weekend for a three-game series with the Yankees – and while they’re in town, fans going to Fenway Park have a chance to help the Jimmy Fund merely by getting rid of their old electronics.

This weekend, and at any home game the rest of this month, the Red Sox will be collecting old cell phones – any year, any model – to be “upcycled,” which means that they’ll be refurbished and resold, with 50 percent of the money from those sales going to the Jimmy Fund’s care and research.

“With over 400,000 cell phones thrown away each day, Upcycling provides a no cost way for individuals and organizations to turn retired devices into funding in support of Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund,” said Julie Shane, founder and CEO of Causes International, the Needham-based company that collects, refurbishes, and resells the phones and other electronic devices.

All data on the phones will be destroyed in 100 percent compliance with legal regulations, and there’s also the additional benefit of disposing of the electronics in an environmentally friendly fashion.

“We are thrilled to partner with Causes International through its Upcycle program for this unique and forward-thinking fundraising opportunity,” said Suzanne Fountain, director of the Jimmy Fund. “Donating your outdated device to this program is a great way to protect the environment through responsible recycling while channeling an old phone or laptop’s value toward the fight against cancer.”

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