The Evanston Public Library and a local church are partnering with Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and T-Mobile to provide cell phones to senior citizens throughout Cook County.

The cell phones for seniors program provides senior citizens with refurbished cell phones that they can use to dial 911 in the case of an emergency.

The Evanston Public Library and a local church are partnering with Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and T-Mobile to provide cell phones to senior citizens throughout Cook County.

The cell phones for seniors program provides senior citizens with refurbished cell phones that they can use to dial 911 in the case of an emergency.

All three branches of the Evanston Public Library and St. Paul Lutheran Church at 1004 Greenwood St. have placed drop boxes in their buildings where community residents can drop off used cell phones for use in the program.

“I believe every senior citizen in Cook County should carry a cellular phone,” Sheriff Dart said. “When seniors are driving, taking public transportation or enjoying outdoor activities, having a cell phone provides an extra measure of security and could truly be a lifesaver when used to call for police, fire or paramedics in an emergency.”

For information on how to receive an emergency 911 cell phone through the program, contact the sheriff’s office at 773-869-7878.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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