Donate A Laptop Computer To Help Troops Stay In Touch With Loved Ones From Overseas & Find A Job When They Return Home by Jack Swint
According to one Michigan based non-profit organization operated by former military veteran SGT James Payne; if you have an old used laptop computer gathering dust somewhere, but don't know how or where to get rid of it? You can donate it to help overseas troops stay in touch with loved ones at home and or help them in finding a job once they return back to the US.
Since the program began back in 2003, JDS Computer Donations has refurbished and shipped over 800 computers overseas to our soldiers. They also donate them to schools and other non-profit organizations. Payne, now a retired dentist, and his volunteers have received many responses from grateful service members, some of which you can read on their website web site linked below. One from the Executive Officer of Company A, 50th Signal Battalion, is a good summary of the sentiment expressed by others.
"On behalf of the soldiers, NCOs, and officers of Alpha Company, 50th Signal Battalion, I want to express how grateful we are for the donation of laptops to our unit," said Army 1st Lt. Benjamin Quimby. "Especially with the price of telephone minutes being so high, being able to use computers to communicate to loved ones back in the States is a convenience that we do not take for granted. "Your effort in supporting our deployed soldiers is inspiring and represents the true heart of the American people," he concluded.
JDS Computer Donations is part of Any Soldier Inc support team. Both JDS Computer Donations and Any Soldier Inc are supporters of America Supports You, a Defense Department program connecting citizens and corporations with military personnel and their families serving at home and abroad.
AOL is currently teaming up with groups like JDS Computer Donations to provide laptops for veterans to help with their job search.
Remember to Remove Personal Data
Just remember to protect your data and personal information so that it is not recoverable by the next person who uses the computer. There are two ways to do that: you can remove the hard drive and donate the computer without it, or you can use a utility program to wipe the hard drive and overwrite the data you placed on it. If you remove the hard drive, be sure to remove only the drive itself, and replace the rails and screws that hold it in place.
JDS reports it has had to discard computers that were donated with the rails removed. When this is done, there is nothing there to hold a new hard drive, and the machine is basically worthless.
How To Donate Your Laptop Computer
Ship your tax deductible laptop computers to:
Shipping is also tax deductible. If you have any further questions, you can e-mail Dr. Payne at: firstname.lastname@example.org or JDSComputers@hotmail.com
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