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Scout collecting cell phones for emergencies
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Eric Christensen is currently collecting gently used cell phones and car chargers for his Eagle Scout service project. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT
Eric Christensen is collecting gently used cellular phones and car chargers for emergency situations.

In particular, he’s doing so to help out seniors for his Eagle Scout service project.

“They can have it in their cars at all times and will be able to make emergency 911 calls anywhere, anytime,” Christensen said Friday at the News 10 Blood Drive at the MRPS Hall.

Plans call for all donated car chargers – these items are usually hard to come by, Christensen said – and cell phones to be cleared of all memory, sanitized, and assembled into easily used emergency kits.

Thus far, he’s set up donation areas inside the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane, and Curves, the fitness center located at 1449 Historical Plaza Way.

On Tuesday, Christensen will take his cause to the Manteca Farmers Market at Library Park, from 4 to 7 p.m.

He’ll also collect cell phones and car chargers during the upcoming week at Kmart on Northgate Drive, from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.

Christensen was inspired to help out seniors after getting word that a member from his church was stranded road side for over three hours.

“She had no means of calling for help,” he recalled,

Christensen, the Boy Scout, is also a musician.

He performs on guitar, mandolin and vocals for the exotic Jazz and Swing band, Le Quintette Hot Boit.

Christensen, who pulled off double duty at the blood drive, played with the quartet that included saxophone player / percussionist Dylan Craig, guitarist / vocalist Ian Floirendo, and bass guitarist Zack Iscoff.

They’ve been together for four months, entertaining folks outside the MRPS Hall along with other local events.
“We’ve really enjoyed hanging out this summer,” said Christensen, who is a 2010 graduate of Manteca High.

In the fall, he’ll be leaving for Brigham Young University in Utah to major in Biology.

Christensen is leaning towards someday becoming a dentist.

For more information on the cell phone / car charger donations, call 209-696-4900.