PCA 7th Grade Student Seeks Phone Donations to Keep Seniors Safe
Phone Collection at Barnes & Noble Saturday Dec. 6, 2014
If you have an old cell phone/flip phone (not a smart phone) and charger, please bring it to Barnes and Noble Booksellers on Saturday, December 6 – it just might save a senior citizen’s life!
“Most elderly, disabled, and needy people don’t have a Medical Alert button – that’s the unfortunate truth,” says Portsmouth Christian Academy seventh grader, Joseph Azarian. “It costs a lot of money, which most can’t pay.”
The idea for SafeCall was conceived after a person that Joseph cared about fell and was unable to get help in a timely manner, Joseph connected the fact that flip phones, even without a plan, will work to call 911 if charged. From there, he realized that old donated phones could be used to get emergency help for senior citizens in need, and SafeCall was born.
“That’s why SafeCall donates cell phones that are limited to 911 calling for elderly, disabled, and needy people. The elderly person simply needs to visit SafeCallPhones.com and order a phone for free, and we’ll deliver to select community or senior centers,” says Joseph, who created and manages the website, with the support of his parents. If demand exceeds supply, a wait list will be created.
A SafeCall phone collection box will be available at Barnes & Noble, Newington, on December 6, which is “PCA Book Fair Day” at the store. “The general manager at Barnes and Noble thought it was a great idea and wanted to find a way for the store to be involved! When he realized Joseph attended Portsmouth Christian Academy, he thought the school’s Book Fair Day would be a great time to introduce a drop box for this kind of donation and outreach,” says Joseph’s mother, Nessie Nossiff.
For more information, please visit SafeCallPhones.