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         Yesterday my prepaid mobile telephone stopped working.  It wasn’t unexpected, the phone had been complaining of a weak battery for months. What was a surprise was the amount of money I had already deposited in the account. My fear of being caught without service had inspired me to pay ahead.

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         When the National Center was contacted to have my services terminated I was told that the funds in my account could not be returned but they could be transferred to a similar prepaid account.  I don’t know of anyone with an account like mine, so I asked if there was a non-profit organization using the service that I could make a donation to.

The representative was extremely polite and repeatedly told me my offer was very generous but there was no mechanism to transfer my money as a donation.   It would be up to me.

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         Today I tried a different approach to donating the money in my account.   I went to the local mobile sales center and face-to-face explained my request to donate the excess in my account.

The response was magical.  Not only did the representative, Cody, fully understand my intention, he offered several creative “out – of – the – box” solutions.   He found a used prepaid mobile telephone in the store to transfer my account to and made contact with a local non-profit charity that sponsored a program called Connections for people in transit.   They were happy to receive the phone with my prepaid minutes and the ability to add more minutes as needed.

As I drove away, feeling more connected to my community I remembered Cody’s advice, “Instead of thinking globally think locally.”

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