Availability / access to free computer for the elderly in need.

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Does any Expert know of an organization that supplies surplus / used computers to the elderly? I know of a person on a fixed low income that cannot come close to afford to purchase a computer. She lives in Oklahoma and is in a small town and is somewhat isolated. A computer would make a great difference in this person's life. I had seen many years ago a story detailing a young man in his teens that collected anything and everything and reassembled components for this exact purpose. If anyone knows of such a program please let me know so that I can turn this person's information over to them for consideration. This person is an education magnet! She reads every book she can get her hands on and would feel like she were in heaven if she had the ability to be on the internet. At the moment she has been loaned a small 8 inch palm type device but due to the size and the slow speed it is virtually useless. I personally would pay it forward to her some sort of book club subscription if she was able to obtain the computer. It IS the season for love and giving. Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
Most Valuable Expert 2013

Commented:
That's a very specific geographic area... I don't know what might be there.  But there are organizations in other areas that would do this.  For example:
http://www.rsvpsuffolk.org/cccp/index.php

Of course, if you work in IT, you could just refurb an older system you get your hands on and give it to the person in need.
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I'm not in the US but this looks like it might help
https://seniors.lovetoknow.com/Free_Computers_for_Seniors
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I am not ruling anything out at this time. Her space is limited and would prefer a laptop but I told her that she should MAKE the space if a desktop is all that might be available. Any computer at this point would do the trick I am sure. I will just wait for suggestions and see what can be had for her. If I cannot locate a better solution I will take Lee W MVP's suggestion and find one myself for her. I have loads of monitors and keyboards and several hard drives.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Go to local businesses and not-for-profits.  They will have both desktop and laptop computers that have seen better days. I know this occurs in my geographic area so I recommend you do that. Given the intended use, reasonable businesses will format it and reinstall the operating system for you.
Brian MurphySenior Information Technology Consultant

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I'm not aware of organizations that donate on per person basis - doesn't mean they don't exist.

I've done volunteer work for Salvation Army and a few others where I know occasionally they pick up donated computers from homes (or drop off) and where if you establish a relationship or volunteer for one of these organizations (as I do) you can establish relationships where you can obtain personal computers (even servers and networking equipment) for a very low price point and simply refurbish it.

I've purchased laptops and full desktops for 20-30 dollars, refurbished, and given them away.  

In most cases, those PC's had the original licensing sticker intact - to insure valid license.
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I know of a few places that might*  Some of the websites have info for low income individuals.  Not sure about free, I would call or dig into the websites more.  The last site http://secorcares.com/ is a local food bank, their site does not mention anything about tech but they do provide PC's to people as well.  I would give them a call or send an email.

http://www.joysystems.com/
https://www.pcsrefurbished.com/sales/salesHome.aspx
https://www.pcsforpeople.org/
http://secorcares.com/
There are plenty of very respectable used computer towers available in the $100-200 range.  That's not free, but you'd get a warranty of sorts and a decent configuration.
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Dear Experts, thank you for your suggestions. I have written to the emails and organizations involved and will hope for the best. Perhaps I will run across an individual with the "Pay it forward" point of view. I think something will show up at a very reasonable price in due time. Happy New Year to all....
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you're assuming that she has access to the internet.. how local wifi? has her own internet connection? GSM tethering with her phone?
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Her next door neighbor has a strong wifi signal from his router. He lets her use that wifi with her palm. I don't know what GSM is. She has no cellphone. She has only P.O.T.S.

I just spoke to this person and she indicates that she has no room for a desktop computer and monitor. She would out of necessity evidently only be able to make use of any type of laptop. Slow, ugly, featureless are just fine. She simply needs a bigger screen. I feel that she is not being picky, just honest in what she can use.
"next door neighbor has a strong wifi signal from his router": she or her neighbor may or may not care, but with residential internet service in my area, such sharing is a violation of the agreement with the ISP.
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This is simply a followup to this question for those of you that assisted me. GREAT NEWS! I was able to contact a wonderful company named Joy Systems that provided a completely reconditioned HP laptop to my friend. They asked her what she could afford. She was totally honest in her reply of ZERO at present moment. They said no problem and shipped to her totally free of any charges whatsoever! What a wonderful outcome for her. She phoned me with tears of joy in her voice that this had happened to her. My faith in humanity has been bolstered by the selfless conduct of this organization. Thank again for the kind experts on EE that lead me to this company.

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