UTICA, N.Y. -- There's a way to get rid of your unwanted cell phone and help our troops.

Senator Joseph Griffo joined AT&T, the Central New York Veterans Outreach Center, and military representatives on Monday.

They're kicking off the 3rd annual Cell Phones for Soldiers Collection Drive.

Phones can be dropped off in designated bins throughout Oneida County, and Lowville through December 13.

Every donated phone valued at $5 could provide 2 1/2 hours of free talk to deployed troops through calling cards.

Soldiers said it can make a big difference.

"It really kind of resets your motivation because you can get burnt out over there, and so being able to talk to that loved one just helps you keep going on, drive on, finish the mission," said United States Army SSG Joshua Jones.

Drop-off locations include:

    • Jervis Public Library: 613 North Washington Street, Rome

    • Chanatry's Hometown Market: 485 French Road, Utica

    • Turning Stone Resort Casino: 5218 Patrick Road, Verona

    • Herb Philipson's: New Hartford Shopping Center, 1 Center Street, New Hartford

    • Herb Philipson's: 1899 Black River Boulevard, Rome

    • TOPS Friendly Markets: 7395 Lowville Heights Road, Lowville

    • Utica State Office Building: 207 Genesee Street, Utica

As well as at the following AT&T stores:

    • 4777 Commercial Drive, New Hartford

    • 1319 Erie Boulevard West, Rome

    • 224 North Genesee Street, Utica

For more information on Cell Phones for Soldiers, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.