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Got old phones? Help a Manatee County student

Take Stock is looking for old cellphone donations
Take Stock is looking for old cellphone donations PHOTO PROVIDED

If you’ve got an old smart phone or tablet and you want to help a low-income, at-risk student, Take Stock in Children of Manatee County wants to talk to you.

The organization, which provides mentors and college scholarships for children in grades six through 12 in Manatee, is accepting previously used smartphones and tablets to be used by children in the program.

Many of the Take Stock scholars do not have the ability to communicate through a mobile device on a consistent basis, according to organizers. Through donation of a smart phone, these students will have the ability to access email, iMessage and other communication platforms in a wifi enabled area including their schools for free.

“Communication is important for success. Providing our students the ability to communicate more consistently with their mentors, Take Stock staff and other support systems will empower children,” Diana Dill, Take Stock's executive director, said in a statement. “Think of a time when your phone wasn't available for communication and how frustrated you were. These students face this scenario on a regular basis. Thank you in advance for this generous donation to help make a difference in the lives of our students.”

Phones and devices may be dropped off at the Professional Support Center, 2501 63rd Ave E., Bradenton during regular business hours. All devices will be cleared of any previous data and account information and new SIM cards will be issued.

For additional information, please contact Jessica Armstrong at 941-751-6550 x 2368 or