Senator Joseph Griffo, AT&T and the CNY Veterans Outreach Center are announcing the results of this year's Cellphones for Soldiers Collection Drive.

Griffo says nearly 1,100 used mobile devices were collected, which will provide 162,900 minutes of free calling cards for troops and veterans.

“I am appreciative of the generosity of those who donated these phones and devices so that our troops can talk to their friends and loved ones this holiday season,” said Griffo. “I would like to thank AT&T, Cell Phones for Soldiers, the Central New York Veterans Outreach Center, the local businesses and organizations that graciously provided space for residents to drop off their devices and the caring and compassionate community who took part in this year’s collection drive. Through this collective effort, we showed the men and women in our military that we value their service and the sacrifices they make to protect us from harm.”

With this year's donations, residents in Griffo's district have donated nearly 5,000 devices and provided troops with 733,800 minutes over five years.

Jim Rondenelli, WIBX