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SPRINT EMPLOYEES OPEN HEARTS TO CO-WORKER IN NEED

 SPRINT EMPLOYEES OPEN HEARTS TO CO-WORKER IN NEED
 MIAMI, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Gabe Cespedes, a Sprint technician


based in Miami, learned first-hand today about the caring and generosity of his co-workers when he was presented a check for over $11,000 to assist his family in their efforts to recover from Hurricane Andrew's recent devastation.
 Cespedes' wife, Julia, and their nine-month-old son, Gabe Jr., and daughter, Grace, 10, had their home destroyed by the hurricane. What remaining valuables they had were vandalized. A three-year employee at Sprint, Cespedes spent considerable time after the hurricane helping others establish phone service.
 "It makes you proud to be a Sprint employee when you see how totally unselfish they are to a fellow coworker in need," said Lee Foerster, Sprint's vice president of regional operations, who presented the check to Cespedes. "Network employees and others from all over the country really gave from the heart to provide this assistance."
 Immediately after the hurricane struck, Sprint employees began donating food, clothing and other supplies to assist the family. In addition, Network employees on the East Coast sent more than $6,000 at that time.
 Foerster presented the check to the Cespedes family at Sprint's central office at 150 S.E. Second Ave. The family was also taken to dinner Monday evening.
 Sprint responded quickly after Hurricane Andrew struck to provide free long distance calling at phone banks, distributed certificates for free calling to residents and businesses, and offered free calling over the Military Affiliates Radio System (MARS) to enable military personnel around the world to contact loved ones in the area.
 Sprint (NYSE: FON) is a diversified international telecommunications company with $9 billion in annual revenues and the United States' only nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network. Its divisions provide global long distance voice, data and video products and services, and local telephone services to more than 4 million subscriber lines in 17 states.
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