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Computers needed for low-income families

BEMIDJI - The United Way of Bemidji has partnered with PCs for People to collect and refurbish used desktop and laptop computers from area businesses and individuals.

PCs for People will be working with local Bemidji area businesses and organizations to identify desktop and laptop computers they have or will soon be retiring from service and are ready to recycle. Individuals can also donate computers, monitors, keyboards, and mice to the project by bringing their donation to Asgard Computers in Bemidji.

"This is a great opportunity for the Bemidji community to take computers that are no longer being used and put them to good use," said United Way of Bemidji Executive Director Tanya Hasbargen.

PCs for People's mobile refurbishing team is scheduled to work in Bemidji mid-May to refurbish the donated computers including wiping all data, making any necessary repairs and upgrades, and installing a fresh installation of Microsoft Windows XP or 7. The computer will then be loaded with free software including educational games, OpenOffice, and security and antivirus software, and distributed to low-income families and individuals in the Bemidji area.

"The goal of this project is to help empower Minnesotans by providing them with access to technology so they may enjoy the personal, economic and educational benefits of owning a personal computer that many of us take for granted," Casey Sorensen, Executive Director at PCs for People said.

Businesses looking to participate in the program and donate their equipment should contact Casey Sorensen via e-mail at: or by calling him at (651) 243-0093. For more information about PCs for People, go to their website at Asgard Computers will serve as the drive's donation site, and computer refurbishment workspace has been donated by Hill's Plumbing and Heating.