Burnaby, B.C. - Many young people who live on the street or who have left their families are being given an opportunity to place a free long-distance call home for Christmas.
TELUS is donating more than 2,700 10-minute prepaid phone cards to more than 60 agencies in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario that help youth reconnect with their families. Staff at the youth centres will provide the phone cards to their clients.
TELUS employees will assist in distributing the cards.
"Youth centre staff have told us the TELUS prepaid cards make a difference for many young people and their families," said Pat Bowles, TELUS executive vice president, Communications. "Were told many young people would like to call home at Christmas, but they dont have the money to spare and would be embarrassed to call collect."
The cards have been provided to provincial Reconnect centres in B.C. as well as to the Gathering Place and Family Services in Vancouver. In Alberta, the cards have been provided to several youth centres including the Youth Emergency Shelter Society in Edmonton and the Street Teams and Exit societies in Calgary. In Toronto, TELUS prepaid phone cards have been donated to Operation GoHome among others.
This is the fifth consecutive year for the TELUS Christmas prepaid phone card program. TELUS prepaid phone cards can be used with any touch-tone telephone in Canada or the United States, including pay phones.
TELUS is donating 700 10-minute prepaid phone cards to Operation GoHome, Shout, Native Child and similar organizations in Toronto. The rest of the cards will be split about evenly between B.C. and Alberta and donated to youth centres serving the following communities:
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