WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — George Washington University students begin an effort to collect old cellphones from Metro riders in the Washington area to help fund health projects abroad.

The students are asking Metro riders to bring their old cellphones and portable electronics to donate on Wednesday morning from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. They will be collecting unused electronics at 15 Metro stations in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

GW is working with the group Hope Phones to recycle used cellphones. Proceeds will be used to fund health projects for mothers and children in Mali, Malawi and Nepal.

Students also will be promoting a program called Text4Baby that provides health information through text messages for pregnant women and new mothers in Washington. Donated phones and other devices do not have to be working and will be wiped of personal information. Chargers and other devices do not need to accompany the donated items.

Metro Locations:

  • Capital South
  • Dupont Circle
  • Farragut North
  • Farragut West
  • Federal Triangle
  • Foggy Bottom
  • Franconia-Springfield
  • Gallery Place-Chinatown
  • L’Enfant Plaza
  • McPherson Square
  • Metro Center
  • New Carrollton
  • Pentagon City
  • Rosslyn
  • Union Station

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