Prison donates cell phones for soldiers

More than 1,200 cell phones were donated by Macon State Prison / Sarah Bleau

The Macon State Prison donated 1,204 cell phones to a local business that's helping Cell Phones for Soldiers.

The cell phones EMC Engineering in Leesburg received from the prison were contraband from inmates and will now go to help soldiers overseas.

"The troops are using them to contact those back home. The distance is very far, and it's difficult being away from family, but it's easier when they can get in contact and communicate with those back home," says Matthew Inman, Branch Manager of EMC Engineering.

If you want to donate a phone, visit the EMC Engineering office at 1344 U.S. Highway 19 S, Suite A in Leesburg. You can also call them at (229) 435-6133 to schedule a pick up if you have a large number of cell phones.

If you have a loved one serving overseas and want to send them one of these cell phones, visit the Cell Phones for Soldiers website.