Comcast has recently donated 10 laptops to the local Salvation Army; with 5 going to the Steel Valley/Homestead and another 5 going to Monessen Worship and Service Center. The laptops are great additional resources for the organization’s youth programs, which enables children to come to the location to complete their school homework. This also gives the Salvation Army the opportunity to teach underprivileged kids about internet safety and the unseen dangers that come with surfing the web.
“Comcast has a long and proven track record of standing by and supporting our families in need,” said Major William H. Bode, the Divisional Commander of the Salvation Army’s Western Pennsylvania district. “This generous gift will have a positive and life changing impact on the futures of countless children.”
The Salvation Army will do its part to make qualifying children and families aware of Comcast’s “Internet Essentials” program, which provides low cost internet service and the opportunity to buy a computer at a highly discounted rate. Families with one of more children on reduced or free lunches can participate in the program, which offers broadband internet service at a permanent rate of only $9.95 a month and free internet training.
“Comcast is pleased to partner with The Salvation Army and help its youth programs make a difference in these communities,” stated Comcast Keystone Region Senior VP Jim Samaha. “We believe strongly that the success of our children’s future rests firmly in the ability to equally access technology, and we are committed to help level the playing field and ensure that no one gets left behind.”
This is a welcome development, especially for families that find it hard to even come up with the $10 per month to spend on internet service. Children from homes without internet service are at a disadvantage in today’s wired world, where more employment and commerce are being conducted online. The latest donation by Comcast is a small step in addressing the digital divide, which should go a long way in helping needy families help themselves.