'TeamChildren' Refurbishing Computers To Help Those In Need - Los Angeles News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

'TeamChildren' Refurbishing Computers To Help Those In Need

Posted: Updated:
AUDUBON, Pa. -

Inside an old factory in Audubon, PA, we found a 21st century version of Santa's workshop.

Volunteers, young and old, refurbishing computers to be sold at a deep discount-- as little as $60-- to those in need.

The man in charge, Robert Toporek, says the goal is to get this gear into the hands of children before they fall behind their better-equipped classmates.

"If we could demonstrate that you could use computers to begin to prevent the achievement gap rather than solve it," said Toporek to our Bruce Gordon. "That would be a really powerful thing. It's helping them do their homework on time. It's helping them do research. It's helping them find scholarships for schools. It's helping them fill out college applications."

The "digital divide" in this country is very real. A 2011 U.S. Census report showed 96% of families with an annual household income above $100,000 had a computer at home. For families with an income below $50,000, only two-thirds had a home computer.

"TeamChildren" receives its desktops and laptops free of charge. They're donated by businesses, school districts and individuals.

17 year old volunteer Daniel Berger, he's the Mac expert around here, says most of the donated gear has minor problems that are easily fixed.

"Even cosmetics," he says. "We're able to replace a face on a computer if something doesn't look good. And we can really turn it into something that someone's proud to own again."

Tom Harmaty is 59-years old and unemployed, so he volunteered while looking for a paying job. He calls himself an inveterate "tinkerer."

"On the holidays, when I got a present at Christmas," he says. "I'd read the instruction manual first and then take things apart."

Now he spends 3-5 hours a week fixing computers that will help kids learn.

"At the end, I see a smile on someone's face. And you know you did something good," reflects Harmaty.

All of the computers sold by "TeamChildren" come with free educational software.

For more information on the program, call 610-666-1795.

  • Bruce Gordon ReportsMore>>

  • Baby That Needs Specialized Formula Receives Overwhelming Support

    Baby That Needs Specialized Formula Receives Overwhelming Support

    Thursday, August 14 2014 9:59 PM EDT2014-08-15 01:59:13 GMT
    Insurance policies have rules governing what's covered and what's not. Generally, they make sense. The rules are designed to prevent unreasonable costs from being passed along to the insurer, and by extension to other insurance customers. But listen to Sheree Kober's story. 
    Insurance policies have rules governing what's covered and what's not. Generally, they make sense. The rules are designed to prevent unreasonable costs from being passed along to the insurer, and by extension to other insurance customers. But listen to Sheree Kober's story. 

  • Getting Results: Resident Fed Up With Living Next To Vacant Home

    Getting Results: Resident Fed Up With Living Next To Vacant Home

    Wednesday, June 11 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-06-12 02:24:23 GMT
    Fox 29 is working to get results for one local woman who fears for her safety.In a region filled with rowhomes, a homeowners’ worst nightmare is the home next door becoming vacant, and slowly disintegrating.Sharon Redwood says she's owned her home on West 6th Street in Chester, Delaware County, for most of her adult life.She says the place next door has been vacant for years.It’s become an eyesore, and a dangerous one at that."The roof has fallen from the third floor, down to the basement. (F...
    Fox 29 is working to get results for one local woman who fears for her safety.In a region filled with rowhomes, a homeowners’ worst nightmare is the home next door becoming vacant, and slowly disintegrating.Sharon Redwood says she's owned her home on West 6th Street in Chester, Delaware County, for most of her adult life.She says the place next door has been vacant for years.It’s become an eyesore, and a dangerous one at that."The roof has fallen from the third floor, down to the basement. (F...
  • Philadelphia Police Says #NoSavesies To Public Parking

    Philadelphia Police Says #NoSavesies To Public Parking

    Wednesday, January 29 2014 7:10 PM EST2014-01-30 00:10:03 GMT
    It follows major snowstorms like day follows night, the practice of using old junk to save the parking space you just dug out!
    It follows major snowstorms like day follows night, the practice of using old junk to save the parking space you just dug out!
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • 1 Person Killed in Bethel Township Accident

    1 Person Killed in Bethel Township Accident

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:03 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:03:33 GMT
    1 person was killed in an accident in Bethel Township, Delaware County on Monday evening.Initial reports indicate that a vehicle may have hit a tree and overturned. It happened on the 3300 block of Foulk Road around 8:30pm.Foulk Road was closed for several hours while police investigated the crash scene.Stay with Fox 29 News for updates.
    1 person was killed in an accident in Bethel Township, Delaware County on Monday evening.Initial reports indicate that a vehicle may have hit a tree and overturned. It happened on the 3300 block of Foulk Road around 8:30pm.Foulk Road was closed for several hours while police investigated the crash scene.Stay with Fox 29 News for updates.
  • Council Rock South Mourns The Loss Of Three Classmates

    Council Rock South Mourns The Loss Of Three Classmates

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:23:09 GMT
    Three boys from Council Rock South High School died over the weekend when their SUV overturned.
    Three boys from Council Rock South High School died over the weekend when their SUV overturned.
  • Hamels, 3 Phillies relievers no-hit Braves

    Hamels, 3 Phillies relievers no-hit Braves

    Monday, September 1 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-09-01 20:42:38 GMT
    Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to pitch a no-hitter Monday, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0.
    Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to pitch a no-hitter Monday, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0.
Powered by WorldNow

KTTV FOX 11
1999 S. Bundy Dr.
Los Angeles CA 90025

Main: (310) 584-2000
News Tips? (310) 584-2025

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices