Did you receive a new laptop or tablet for Christmas? If so, what happens to your old laptop? The Masonic Angel Foundation’s Laptops for KidZ project needs donated laptops for Cape Cod children.
770 Computers Placed So Far
The Masons’ all-volunteer staff has placed 770 refurbished computers with schools across Southeastern Massachusetts since May 2010. The Masonic Angels make every effort to place a computer in the school district where it originated.
Hard Drives “Nuked”
As required by MAF’s membership in the Microsoft Registered Refurbisher Program, MAF’s volunteers wipe and overwrite the hard drive on all donated computers. If the drive is not functional it is physically destroyed. Laptops for KidZ project director Mario Meré can also provide a download link if someone wants to wipe their own drive prior to donating a computer.
Once the hard drive is “nuked”, MAF’s volunteers make necessary repairs and re-configure the computer with a fresh Windows license and install Open Office, Adobe Reader and Avast! anti-virus.
The Masons delivered their 750th computer two weeks ago and have placed 20 more since then. Foundation president Robert Fellows says there’s an ongoing need: “A student without home computer access today is at a competitive disadvantage. With more and more schools requiring assignments to be completed online, kids are staying at some schools until 5 or 6 at night in order to finish their work.” Laptops for KidZ computers help level the playing field for financially challenged students.
Many LFK recipients qualify for Comcast’s Internet Essentials program which provides home cable Internet service for only $9.95 per month plus tax.
How to Donate
Those wishing to donate a laptop may call the Masonic Angel Foundation office at 508-255-8812 or email [email protected] . All donors will receive a tax receipt letter from the 501(c)(3) Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc.
Read our past reports about this wonderful local charity here.