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Old phones helping soldiers call home

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LEESBURG, GA (WALB) – Official with Lee State Prison are turning something bad into something good. Cell phones confiscated from prisoners are being donated to a program that will help military service members connect with their families here at home.

This morning the warden of Lee State prison donated 50 confiscated cell phones to the Cell Phones for Soldiers Project.

The program's main revenue stream comes from recycling the used cell phones and using that money to buy phone cards so soldiers can call home.

"A lot of these phones are left at the institution with the intention of smuggling them in, some are found after they got inside the prison," said Stanley Williams, Lee State Prison Warden.

"At this time of year being able to call home and having contact with the family is so important," said Matthew Inman, EMC Engineering Branch Manager.

To date the program has given more than 100 million minutes of talk time to soldiers.

EMC Engineering in Lee County will collect any old or used phones to help buy more phone cards.

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