Senator Joseph Griffo kicked off his 5th annual Cell Phones For Soldiers collection drive on Friday.

Griffo, along with AT&T and the Central New York Veterans Outreach Center, will be collecting unwanted cell phones and other devices through December 8th.

All proceeds from the recycled mobile devices will be used to buy long distance calling cards for troops abroad and veterans at home.

For every donated phone valued at $5, Cell Phones For Soldiers is able to provide 2 ½ hours of free talk time to deployed troops via calling cards

Griffo says troops have been provided with over 171,000 minutes in calling cards over the last four years.

Devices can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Adirondack Bank Center at Utica Memorial Auditorium: 400 Oriskany St. West, Utica
  • Jervis Public Library: 613 N. Washington St., Rome
  • Utica Public Library: 303 Genesee St., Utica
  • Chanatry’s Hometown Market: 485 French Road, Utica
  • Utica State Office Building: 207 Genesee St., Utica
  • Turning Stone Resort Casino: 5218 Patrick Road, Verona
  • New Hartford Public Library: 2 Library Lane, New Hartford
  • Lloyds of Lowville: 7405 S. State St., Lowville
  • Lowville Free Library: 5387 Dayan St, Lowville
  • Beaver River Memorial Post 1663: 9833 Main St., Croghan
  • Sergi’s Italian Restaurant: 10 Market St., Potsdam
  • Town of Potsdam Offices: 18 Market St., Potsdam
  •  Massena Public Library: 41 Glenn St, Massena
  • First Source Federal Credit Union
    4451 Commercial Drive, New Hartford
    1634 Genesee St., Utica
    1822 Black River Boulevard, Rome
  • AT&T Stores
    4777 Commercial Drive, New Hartford
    1319 Erie Boulevard W., Rome
    224 N. Genesee St., Utica

Over 700 devices were collected during last year's drive.

Dave Smith, WIBX