One laptop was given to a single woman who lives alone, in subsidized housing in Lincoln. She doesn’t get out of the house very much. She had been praying for a computer. This was an answer to her prayer, in her view. The parishioners who took the computer to her were also deeply touched by her gratitude and her excitement over the gift
Two have gone to another family in St. Catherines, a single mom, on social assistance, trying hard to raise her children as best she can. Her two kids will be able to use them for schoolwork, and she has also committed to setting aside some money each month so they can access the internet. Again, a very happy family with this unexpected blessing.
One computer went to a young girl whose biological father abandoned the family several years ago. The mother has remarried and they are building a family. The girl has ADHD, and has trouble focusing, but is very creative. I have told her that when she graduates this year, she would receive a computer to go into next year. She is overjoyed.
Two computers have gone to a single parent family with two children who will use them for school. The family has had many difficulties, with the loss of work and the grandparents are helping out, but the grandparents are not wealthy either. This family lives in St. Catherines, in lower income housing. The kids are delighted.
“My name is Isaiah. I am in the 6th grade. I come to Our Community Cares everyday after school for Homework Club. I like going on the computers. The computers are useful when trying to complete my homework. I am able to go on our school’s e-learning site Edmodo to check assignments, hand in work, ask my teacher questions or talk with friends in my class. I recently completed a book report at the Our Community Cares Centre. It was very easy to complete this project, because I had a reliable and fast computer with access to the Internet. Having a working computer allows me to have a presentable project and to get good grades.”
“One laptop has gone to a single mom, raising two kids, in the Welland area. They don’t have a lot of money, and this is a chance for her to learn computer skills herself and for her kids to have the opportunity to improve theirs, and use the computer for school. The whole family was surprised and delighted. They didn’t know the gift was coming, and they were thrilled.”
“I just wanted to thank you again for providing us with a laptop for the secretary of Transfiguration Terrace, our non-profit apartment complex. This is making a big difference for us as the church and Terrace secretaries no longer have to share a computer. Needless to say, our computer is an old one and a new one was not in the budget, so this is making things much easier for us to run both operations. Thanks for responding so quickly to our request.”