Businesses, nonprofit help 75 get computers

Published 6:45 pm Saturday, May 5, 2012

Among the hustle and bustle of rummage-salers finding cheap treasures on Friday, dozens of people received something more — for free.

PCs for People, a Twin Cities nonprofit, donated 75 computers to local low-income families and seniors.

PCs for People chose Austin as one of 10 greater-Minnesota communities to get 75 to 100 free computers since February 2012. But that isn’t the beginning. PCs for People has donated more than 14,000 computers since it started in 1998. With the help of local businesses such as Hormel, the Mayo Clinic and local electric co-op, PCs for People was able to convert used or damaged computers into, practical, usable gifts for those who need them.

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“This is a win-win for businesses need to manage their end-of-lifecycle digital assets in a cost-effective way, and for the community,” said Casey Sorenson, executive director of PCs for People.”

PCs for People’s efforts are sponsored in part by the Blandin Foundation.