Dial-A-Life Power-A-Thon

In Here's the Spin, News by Nathasha Alvarez

Recently, Carmen Williams spoke to Audacity about a special program that recently saved the life of an elderly woman.

Williams is the Dial-A-Life Program Coordinator for Miami Dade County. The program accepts donated cellphones from people. The phones are given to elderly people and people with disabilities who can not afford a cellphone.

According to Williams, the cellphones allow people to only call 911, the emergency center. Recently an elderly lady used her free cellphone to call 911 because she felt chest pains.

If it wasn’t for that cellphone she would not have received the quick medical attention that prevented a major heart attack.

There are similar programs to Dial-A-Life in other parts of the state and country. Each one works along the same premise.

On February 12th, the Dolphin Mall in Miami, Florida will be re-launching the Dial-A-Life Power-A-Thon collection drive from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The local radio station 96.5 WPOW will be hosting a live radio remote encouraging listeners to come by the food court area at the Dolphin Mall and donate their unused and unwanted cellphones.

The event is sponsored by BellSouth and Cingular. The entire community is actively participating including an appearance by the commissioner at 1 p.m.

For more information, please call Carmen Williams at (305) 375-2723 or email her at mailto:cjc@miamidade.gov .