A few weeks ago, some of my friends decided to clean out the garage. No one knew what was in that garage! After a few hours, I checked to see how they were doing and half of the garage was empty and on the driveway. I looked around the corner and saw their son laughing and looking at a box full of things. My friends were trying to explain, but he just kept laughing. I admit, after listening for a few minutes and looking in the box, I started laughing too.
In the box were several cell phones. Some used, and some brand new. As I listened, I realized they had purchased some phones, and put them in the box in frustration at not knowing how to use them. They were too embarrassed to ask for help. I felt for them as they had purchased several phones that were in good shape, but gave up and tossed them in the box.
After a few minutes, we stopped laughing and their son and I talked to them about alternatives. Instead of putting the phones in a box, how about donating them? There are programs, that when you donate cell phones, they are used by people who need them.
One such program is Secondwave Recycling. Since he was a veteran, he was very interested in a program like that. So, we encouraged him to ask some questions and consider never storing the old phones again, but to donate them to soldiers.