Decatur Makers donate refurbished PCs to Decatur Housing Authority

Posted by Dena Mellick December 16, 2015
Photo provided by Decatur Makers

Photo provided by Decatur Makers

The Decatur Makers spread a little holiday joy when the group donated refurbished computers to 16 Decatur Housing Authority residents.

Decatur Makers is a group of technology enthusiasts, crafters, and tinkerers. A press release from the group said of the donation, “PC Power Up, a new program sponsored by Decatur Makers and the Decatur Education Foundation, teaches the basics of PC hardware and software to the underserved community. The residents took the PCs home with them to use for daily tasks, helping our community to cut down on electronic waste as well.”

But it wasn’t just a giveaway. Recipients of the computers got to be hands-on and take part in the build sessions – a hardware build on Dec. 6 and a software install on Dec. 13 at the Decatur Makers workshop at 605 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. in downtown Decatur.

There were two project leaders – Sam Lysinger and Ben Bolga. Ben happens to be only 13 years old, but the Decatur Maker is already sharing his expertise as a member of the Atlanta Historical Computing Society.

“It was really great to help people learn how to refurbish a computer. They were very grateful to take the computer home,” Ben Bolgla is quoted as saying. “One of the women I was helping thanked me over and over and said that it was a blessing for her.”

About Dena Mellick

Dena Mellick is the Associate Editor of Decaturish.com.

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