RALEIGH, N.C. – Employees of MetLife and a corporate grant combined Saturday to provide newly-refurbished desktop computers to 80 Triangle children this weekend.
MetLife refurbished more than 300 computers. 80 went home with needy kids nominated by their teachers and the rest will be distributed by the nonprofit Kramden Institute.
In case you didn’t know, a Geek-A-Thon is Kramden’s method for streamlining the process of computer refurbishing. While PCs can be refurbished individually, at a Geek-A-Thon, hundreds of PCs are in need of refurbishing and it takes between 150-200 volunteers working in shifts to streamline the process.
MetLife’s Geek-A-Thon began when an employee connected with Kramden in 2013.
Cary sixth grader Janey Medina said she can’t wait to get to work on her new computer.
“We had a laptop at home, but it was very old. With this new one, I’ll be able to start make my own animated videos,” she said.
The Kramden Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering hardworking, yet economically-disadvantaged, students to cross the digital divide. This is done by awarding thousands of PCs to students to be used to advance their academic and personal achievements.