‘Computers 2 Kids’ refurbishes electronics for families in need

Of the 500,000+ students in San Diego County, about 22% still do not have access to a computer at home.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif .– Many students are returning to class this fall, but some in San Diego County will continue to learn remotely. Today, a local organization is preparing to provide low cost refurbished computers to families in need.

The association “Computers 2 Children“said demand for computers skyrocketed during the pandemic last year. So they are organizing a collection of used computer donations so that no family is left behind this school year.

Since 2004, Computers 2 Kids has been taking donated electronic devices and refurbishing them for families in need. They have an office in San Diego and other cities across the country as well as a partnership with Cox Communications which also provides families with affordable internet service.

“Not only will families get the device, they will also receive software, but they will also receive lifelong technical support. This ensures that if anything happens to this computer, we will be able to repair or replace it at no cost to them, ”said Cheri Pierre, CEO of Computers 2 Kids in San Diego.

On average, Pierre said the company would refurbish around 10,000 computers per year. But when students were asked to stay home last year, their output jumped to around 46,000. She said of San Diego County’s 500,000+ students, about 22% still do not have access to a computer at home.

“We all know COVID-19 isn’t gone yet, so we don’t know how long they’re going to be in classrooms. Even though they are the family unit itself, they still need these tools, ”said Pierre.

Refurbished computers cost around $ 100, and Pierre says the company gives 30% of its electronics free to families who simply cannot afford them.

Bart Taylor said he bought a computer from C2K for his 13-year-old son, and when the audio came out about a year and a half later, technical support escalated.

“They said, ‘We sold you this computer and obviously it hasn’t been abused or anything, so we’re just going to trade it in. “So they gave us a replacement computer and it was actually an upgrade,” Taylor said.

C2K accepts donations of electronic devices year-round, including desktops, laptops, tablets, cellphones, and attachments that come with the device.

Computers 2 Kids keeps a computer reader until Friday in Cox stores at three locations: Health, Chula Vista and Escondido. For more information on donations, visit Computers 2 Children.

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