Gara, Others Collecting Laptops for Foster Youth

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

If you’re looking for ideas to help others during the holiday season, Anchorage Democrat Representative Les Gara has an idea for you. Gara is working with volunteers to help connect foster youth with donated laptops. Gara says a constituent began collecting them and now his office is helping to organize the effort.

Gara says they now have a modest system in place to collect and distribute donated laptops.

He says they’re trying to make it easy for people to help. Contact them if you have one to donate and they’ll do the rest.

He says they’re operating on a shoestring, but they’ll gladly work statewide with donations.

Amanda Metivier was once in foster care and she now works to help youth in the system through the organization Facing Foster Care in Alaska. Metivier says foster kids tend to move quite a bit and that makes it hard to keep up in school.

She says having their own computer is also a way for them to stay connected to those they care about.

If you have a computer that is in excellent working order, no more than four years old, has a word-processing program and does not need any repairs, please call Rep. Les Gara at 269-0106.

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