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U.S. Cellular provides free phone calls, internet access to those in need at Thanksgiving

November 28, 2019

On Thanksgiving, U.S. Cellular associates spent the holiday supporting the community by providing free phone calls and internet access at the annual Thanksgiving Day meal hosted by Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM) in downtown Knoxville.

Tom Catani, left, vice president of U.S. Cellular, and U.S. Cellular associates and family members volunteered Thanksgiving Day at Knox Area Rescue Ministries to help the needy and homeless connect with family and friends with free phone calls and internet access. The associates and their family members who participated are: Kevin Sacco, Anthony Sacco, Sandra Sacco, Seirra Sacco, Mikayla Porras, Julia Shannon, Trula McCarter, Michele Vorpagel, Elizabeth Vorpagel, Rebecca Vorpagel, Sarah Vorpagel, Darell Vorpagel, Robby Vann, Karl Reinbolt, Ron Reed, Toni Klein, Charles Merritt, Zane Hamilton, Alicia Hamiton, Daniel Hamilton, Elizabeth Beard, Tim Beard, Leia Tanner, Bruce Olson and Priscilla Shelton.

“Connecting with friends and family during the holidays is a special gift, but not everyone in our community has the opportunity to do so,” said Nathan Waddell, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Tennessee. “At U.S. Cellular we focus on fairness and keeping people connected no matter where they are. That’s why it’s especially significant for us to provide these devices and services to individuals who need them during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Robby Vann, regional facility manager at U.S. Cellular, helps Darlene Heath of Knoxville call her son on Thanksgiving. U.S. Cellular provided free phone calls and internet access at the annual Thanksgiving Day meal hosted by Knox Area Rescue Ministries in downtown Knoxville.

U.S. Cellular provided free local and long-distance calls to those in need as part of the KARM annual community meal, which serves more than 1,000 homeless or hungry people each year. U.S. Cellular associates and their family members volunteered at the event to help attendees make calls to family and friends across the country on Thanksgiving Day. The company also provided phones and tablets for use with internet access.

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