Rotary Club of NE Sunrisers seeks computer donations

The Rotary Club of North­east Sun­risers is in­vit­ing the pub­lic to donate used desktop com­puters and oth­er elec­tron­ics this Sat­urday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the park­ing lot of Roosevelt Mall.

The items col­lec­ted — in­clud­ing com­puter key­boards, towers and mouse pads, cell phones and re­mote con­trols — will be donated to the Phil­adelphia Chil­dren’s Found­a­tion.

The com­puters will be re­hab­il­it­ated and de­livered to Phil­adelphia stu­dents who don’t have ac­cess to the In­ter­net.

John Ban­nan, founder and ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of the found­a­tion, is a mem­ber of the Rotary Club, which meets each Fri­day at 7:30 a.m. at the Coun­try Club Res­taur­ant and Pastry Shop, at 1717 Cottman Ave.

“So many kids in the city don’t have com­puters,” he said.

Ban­nan ex­pects par­ents to be grate­ful for the con­tri­bu­tions, since many schools are im­ple­ment­ing on­line les­sons and oth­er in­struc­tion.

“If you don’t have a com­puter at home, your kid misses a lot,” he said. “It’s a huge dis­ad­vant­age for so many kids.”

Ban­nan said the tim­ing is per­fect, since Com­cast re­cently an­nounced cre­ation of In­ter­net Es­sen­tials, a pro­gram that of­fers In­ter­net ac­cess for $10 a month for low-in­come fam­il­ies.

It is es­tim­ated that 41 per­cent of city house­holds have no com­puters. To make mat­ters worse, many pub­lic schools don’t have lib­rar­ies.

Pub­lic lib­rar­ies have com­puters, but their hours have been cut and there’s of­ten a wait for an open com­puter.

The com­puters will be dis­trib­uted based on need, with in­come and the num­ber of chil­dren in a fam­ily taken in­to ac­count.

Any­one who wants to make a dona­tion but is un­able to make the Oct. 15 event can call Ban­nan at 215-242-5115.

For more in­form­a­tion, vis­it the Rotary Club of North­east Sun­risers page on Face­book. ••

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