BOISE, January 13, 2009 — "Speechless" would well-describe the reaction of officials at the Boise-based non-profit Computers for Kids, Inc. when they learned more than 10 tons of computers and related gear were donated to them during a two-week recycling program at University of Phoenix, Idaho Campus. According to CFK, that ten tons of gear accounts for nearly 500 computers, about 300 printers and more. The total donation represents the most ever received from one organization or single event and all of it will be used to benefit Idaho youth in one form or another.
"This was an overwhelming surprise," exclaimed Molli Wingert, president and CEO for Computers for Kids. "University of Phoenix was very instrumental in helping us bridge the digital divide."
CFK originally planned to pick up the total donation on January 9th, but due to the sheer volume of the donations, the organization had to make several trips to pick up the computers.
All donated computers will be refurbished, re-licensed and re-programmed for use by students. Computers that are not working properly will be used for parts to fix or upgrade other computers. To date, CFK has distributed more than 10,000 computers to children in southern Idaho, south-central Idaho and northern Idaho.
Benefiting students pay a nominal $35 processing fee to CFK and write a short essay in exchange for the computers. To ensure no child is turned away, CFK regularly seeks business, community, individual and government sponsors to subsidize that cost.
Those who still have a computer to donate can deliver their old machines to the machines at Computers for Kids' warehouse located at 8540 W. Elisa Street (off Victory between S. Cole Rd. and S. Maple Grove Rd.). For more details visit www.cfkidaho.org
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- Molli Wingert, President and CEO, Computers for Kids, Inc., 208-345-0346
- Jeannette Duwe, Duwe Public Relations, 208-321-1253, 208-794-2620
- Brooke Hale-Flake, Duwe Public Relations, 208-321-1253, 208-407-1188