ST. CLOUD - A Minnesota non-profit group PCs For People gave away free computers to low-income families in St. Cloud on Friday.

PCs For People partnered with St. Cloud Public Schools and the Otto Bremer Foundation to provide 200 free computers. Many of the computers were sourced from local St. Cloud businesses.

Families were selected through St. Cloud Schools who had children on the free/reduced lunch program.

Sam Drong was with PCs For People at the event. He says computers are essential for families.

"It's really just an absolutely necessary appliance to have in the home," Drong says.

Before receiving their computer, families had a short orientation on the software installed on the computer and where they can find discounted internet services in the area.

Drong says it's a rewarding experience for him to help those in need.

"A lot of times we forget and take for granted what it's like to Google search at home," Drong says, "there's a lot of families that aren't able to do that."

PCs For People is a non-profit corporation based in St. Paul Minnesota. Since being founded in 1998, the group has given away over 30,000 computers to those in need. You can find additional information on PCs For People on their website.

 

Dan DeBaun, WJON News