“Are you going to be around tomorrow morning?” was the phone message Masonic Angel Foundation (MAF) president Robert Fellows received late Thursday afternoon. The caller was Albert Ames, Vice President of the Masonic Health System. Overlook Visiting Nurse Association had just released 30 Panasonic Toughbook laptops to be donated to the MAF’s Laptops for KidZ (LFK) project.
This makes 124 laptops donated from Overlook VNA
Overlook VNA has donated 124 machines to LFK in the past year. The health care group is upgrading to newer systems and has sent all surplus equipment to the Masonic Angels.
On his way to the Cape, Mr. Ames also picked up 10 Compaq and IBM laptops from donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
Laptops for KidZ (LFK) places refurbished computers with local schools to be sent home with children who would not otherwise have computer access outside school hours. LFK has placed 557 computers since May 2010.
Overlook Visiting Nurse Association, Inc. (OVNA) is a not-for-profit home health care agency and one component of the Masonic Health System, offering home health services that allow patients to maintain independence in the home. Since its inception in 2000, OVNA has grown to offer services such as: Lifeline (Personal Emergency Response Service), maternal/child health care, certified home health aides, companion, hospice, physical/occupational/speech therapy, rehabilitation therapy services, psychiatric nursing care, enhanced home care and social services.
For schools across Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts
The laptops donated Friday will be placed with schools across Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts.
As with all activities of the Masonic Angel Fund, the laptop program's volunteers never know the identity of a recipient child. All transactions are conducted at arm's length with the school professionals working as a go-between to preserve privacy. LFK does not accept direct requests from potential recipients. All requests must come through a school or other partner agency. LFK computers are configured in English and are only available to legal residents of the United States.
Laptops for KidZ accepts donations of Windows laptop computers with a Pentium 4 processor or better. Desktops are accepted on a “call first” basis. LFK does not accept CRT monitors, printers or any Apple product. Donations to the 501(c)(3) Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc. are tax deductible.
MAF is a non-profit member of the Microsoft Registered Refurbisher Program. The Masons’ volunteers refurbish computers under standards established by Microsoft and receive Windows 7 licenses at a deeply discounted price. “Microsoft has been generous with us beyond words,” reports LKF project director Mario Meré of Yarmouth Port.
The Overlook VNA office at 38 Route 28 in West Yarmouth accepts drop offs of donated computers for Laptops for KidZ. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Computers donated from towns on Cape Cod will remain on Cape Cod.
For more information about Overlook VNA and the Masonic Health System visit www.masonichealthsystem.org.
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