Three Young Kansas City-area Sisters Find a Way to Raise Money for Victims of the Recent Tsunami

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Cas McDowell, 9, Cara McDowell, 7, and Nichola McDowell, 6, set up, a web site that collects old cell phones

While millions of Americans have been deeply touched by the suffering caused by the recent tsunami, three young sisters from the Kansas City, Mo. area decided to take action – and they have found a way to raise a significant amount of money for tsunami victims.

Cas, Cara and Nichola McDowell – aged 9, 7 and 6 respectively – have founded a web site devoted to collecting and selling old cell phones. Their site,, partners with a Florida-based web site, Money raised through the sale of the old cell phones will be donated to such charities as Save the Children, American Red Cross and Heart To Heart for the benefit of the tsunami victims.

Claire Salvo-McDowell, the girls’ mom, said the three sisters have visited other countries and have met people who are less privileged than they are. She said when they saw news accounts of the tsunami, they wanted to do something to help.

“The girls saw the news coverage, and they tried to decide what they could do to help,” Claire said. “The local Sunday paper had a story about recycling cell phones, so they did some research on-line and found” is one of several websites operated by RMS Communications Group Inc. of Ocala, Fla., one of the nation’s leading recyclers and re-marketers of old cell phones. The company pays cash for old cell phones, then carefully goes through then before selling them around the world. is a web site that provides non-profits with a way to raise money by gathering and selling old cell phones.

Besides setting up the web site, the girls have been seeking partnerships with businesses in their community. One of them, the local Sam’s Club, has agreed to host a one-day cell phone collection event, and the girls are hopeful that other local businesses will follow suit.

“The girls have sent out a letter to local businesses to take drop boxes and sponsor t-shirts for volunteers,” Claire said.

James Mosieur, chief executive officer of RMS Communications Group, said the actions of the McDowell sisters demonstrate how the web site can be used to raise money for a whole range of worthy causes.

“When we set up the web site, we believed we could partner with all kinds of worthwhile organizations around the country that needed to find creative ways to raise money for good causes,” Mosieur said. “This is certainly a good example of what we had in mind, and we are very proud to be partnering with these three very caring young ladies.”

Typically, pays between $3 and $173 for each useable phone, and carefully recycles and disposes of phones that are unusable. Usable phones are remarketed and resold, and many phones are donated to domestic violence shelters, senior centers or other worthwhile organizations.

About, a web site operated by RMS Communications Inc., provides non-profit organizations with a convenient way to raise cash for cell phones that otherwise lay idle. More information can be found at

About RMS Communications Group Inc.

Since 1985 RMS Communications Group, Inc. has been a leading wireless wholesaler with customers all over the world. It supports the wireless industry with innovative services designed to help service providers, wireless agents and corporate customers get the most out of their wireless devices. . More information can be found at

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