CLEVELAND — WKYC Studios’ “Computers for Kids” campaign, sponsored by CrossCountry Mortgage, is off to a strong start. Hundreds of used desktops and laptops have been donated by local residents and companies, to be refurbished and then distributed to families in need.
With so many schools starting the new academic year off virtually due to COVID-19, these donated computers are vitally needed to help students do their school assignments at home.
A computer is essential, not just for school lessons but also for employment opportunities and virtual healthcare visits. That’s why WKYC Studios has partnered with the non-profit PCs for People and the Cuyahoga County Public Library to help bridge that digital divide.
Through the end of the month, we are collecting computers and accessories at 10 Cuyahoga County Public Library branches. Only laptops, desktops and accessories such as cords, mice and keyboards can be donated -- nothing else can be accepted. Laptops with cameras are preferred and all donated computers should be less than 7 years old.
Collection bins have been placed at the following library branches: Bay Village, Berea, North Olmsted, North Royalton, Parma-Powers Blvd. and Parma-Snow on the west, and Beachwood, Mayfield, Solon and South Euclid library on the east.
Twice each week, the library branches will offer contactless drop off. The PCs for People truck will be on location so you can remain socially distanced in your vehicle while your donation is unloaded. You will get a receipt.
Here are the dates for upcoming drive-through drop-offs:
- Aug. 24, 10 am-1 pm at Solon
- Aug. 25 10 am-1 pm North Royalton
- Aug. 29, 10 am-1 pm at South Euclid
- Aug. 31, 4-7 pm at North Olmsted.
PCs for People will erase all data securely from donated computers and then refurbish them. The computers will then go to kids living in the inner city and in inner ring suburbs that meet eligibility requirements.