Rep. Gara Pushes For Laptop Donations For Foster Kids

The festivities of the holidays can serve as a bitter reminder to foster youth that they are separated from their own families.  But Anchorage Representative Les Gara says, with a laptop of their own, foster children can keep connections alive with friends even if they move  from home to home.

Gara is launching the holiday effort in cooperation with the non-profit Facing Foster Care in Alaska.  The computer drive is in its’ second season, after a successful first run.  Over the past year the drive  resulted in over 60 matches for youth who use laptops for school and social connections.

16-year-old Anna Redmon got a laptop some months ago

Those wishing to donate a laptop can contact Gara’s office.  Laptops suitable for the program must not be more than four years old, and have word processing programs and internet capability.

Gara says he was a foster child himself for a time, so he knows the importance of supporting youth in foster care.

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APTI Reporter-Producer Ellen Lockyer started her radio career in the late 1980s, after a stint at bush Alaska weekly newspapers, the Copper Valley Views and the Cordova Times. When the Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound, Valdez Public Radio station KCHU needed a reporter, and Ellen picked up the microphone.
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