Good samaritans drop their old cellphones in a collection box at United Mizrahi Bank..
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Anyone with an old, disused cellphone can make good use of it instead of
throwing it into the garbage: Donate it to the Ezer Mizion National Bone Marrow
Bank and the proceeds will go to the lifesaving organization.
branch of United Mizrahi Bank will accept the phone in a project initiated by
the father of Amit Kadosh, a girl who recuperated from leukemia after undergoing
a bone-marrow transplant.
Starting from this week and through the end of
January, the bank branches and all of its other units around the country will
collect old cellphones. Ezer Mizion, the International Bone Marrow Donor
registry, will pay for cellphones that are still usable, depending on the model
Yuval Kadosh, Amit’s father, launched the well-publicized
campaign for bone marrow testing and donations some time ago to save his
Besides this good deed to get bone-marrow samples and
contributions to process them, the campaign will also benefit the environment by
putting the old phones to good use instead of them being buried at garbage
United Mizrahi Bank deputy director- general Rita Rubinstein said:
“As a bank that lives in the community and maintains ties with it, it’s natural
that we ask all the branches to join this significant and special campaign that
will help save lives and protect the environment. We call on our customers and
the general public to come in large numbers and bring in their old cell
Dr. Bracha Zisser, the bone marrow bank’s director, said, “Every
additional bone marrow sample in the databank has the potential to save lives,
and every monetary donation can make the lifesaving possible. In the name of all
cancer patients and their families, I thank [United Mizrahi Bank] and all the
The bone marrow databank was established in 1998 and has some
700,000 potential donors who were tested and listed.
It is the largest
Jewish and Israeli bone marrow bank anywhere and the fourth-largest bone marrow
databank in the world. So far, the lives of 1,400 cancer patients have been
saved due to the bone-marrow transplants made possible by the facility.