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Cricket Delivers Smiles for Miles to Help Youth Cope with the COVID-19 Pandemic

The spread of COVID-19 has affected our communities in many ways. That's why, during the month of June, Cricket Wireless set off to help bring smiles, nourishment and encouragement to some of the youth in communities across the country. This initiative is a part of our Cricket Cares corporate social responsibility platform, which is dedicated to supporting young people and their families by fostering kindness, encouraging healthy mobile habits, and providing resources to help youth overcome challenging times.

In conjunction with some of our authorized retailers, we teamed with various organizations in 18 markets across the country to help them address some of their most pressing needs. For example, in San Antonio, Texas, we packed more than 1,000 emergency assistance boxes at the San Antonio Food Bank. The boxes were filled with juice, canned goods, cereal, beans, tuna and powdered milk. Cricket also made a monetary donation to assist with the organization’s future needs.

In Oakland, California, we teamed up with the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC) to celebrate the achievements of seven well-deserving high school and college graduates. EOYDC develops the social and leadership capacities of youth and young adults (ages 6-24) so they are prepared for employment, higher education and leadership opportunities. In addition to installing festive congratulatory lawn signs in the graduates’ yards, each student was treated to a special graduation meal, delivered to their home. Additionally, Motorola provided a free device to each student and Cricket, along with authorized retailer TKS Wireless, provided one-year of service.

In Atlanta, we teamed up with the City of Atlanta and city council members to provide nonperishable food, produce and dairy products to over 1,200 families. Prior to this event, we teamed up with the Latin American Association to host a food distribution and health kits event, which benefited more than 500 families in Atlanta. More than 25,000 pounds food was distributed.

In Charlotte, North Carolina, we teamed with Grier Heights Community Center to help them with their Summer Food Program, providing weekly meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) to approximately 300 families.

We also worked with The Little Pantry That Could out of Nashville, Tennessee to provide 200 local families with meals for two weeks.

And in Springfield, Illinois, we held a series of events to collect food items to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Central Illinois. More than 10 weeks-worth of weekend snack bags in 1,000 Cricket-branded backpacks were provided to approximately 100 families throughout the region. Mobile Link, a Cricket Authorized Retailer, also donated 50% off activation to all those that made a donation.

These are just a few examples of some of the community support we provided last month. We're not stopping now. In fact, we're just getting started. Stay tuned.