The Sooke Chamber of Commerce has started a campaign to refurbish old laptops and give them to students in need.
With schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and classes being held online, the chamber wants to ensure people are equipped.
“This is for Sooke region students who now have to do their school work remotely,” said chamber president Karen Mason. “Some homes now have increased demands on computer use. Others have surplus computers they are not using. We are doing this drive to see if we can move the surplus over to where the need is greater.”
The Better Together Sooke Region Laptop Drive is looking for laptops that are less than 10 years old, Windows-based (not Linux or Mac), have a power cord and can be turned on.
Software is being provided free by Hewlett-Packard, while Sooke-based Webmax.ca is volunteering to do the necessary sanitizing and reformatting.
To donate or register for a laptop, go to sookeregionchamber.com/laptop-refresh-drive.