#DonateTech Campaign Seeks Radios, Fax Machines, Phones, Computers & More

By Aaron Brophy 12/11/17 | www.samaritanmag.com

Your old phone, radio, computer, cables and more could have a second life helping someone in need. That's the message Free Geek Toronto and partners RL Solutions and Tech Toronto hope to get across with the #DonateTech campaign taking place December 11-15 in Toronto.

The organizations have come together to set up donation booths across the city where people can drop off their old technologies, which they'll then repair and refurbish with the intend of redistributing it to community members who can't afford the most current devices.

"In this hectic season when we're so focused on shopping and replacing the old with the new, the #DonateTech drive gives people the opportunity to make a difference with their retired tech," said Ryan Fukunga, Free Geek Toronto's executive director, in a statement. "Too often, technology is tossed away when it still has so much left to give. When you donate your old tech, you're giving someone the opportunity to build invaluable technical skills, perform better in school and access new job opportunities."

The #DonateTech booths will be at the following locations:

* The DMZ at Ryerson University - Monday, December 11, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
* WeWork 33 Bloor Street - Tuesday, December 12, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
* MaRS Discovery District - Wednesday, December 13, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
* City Hall - Thursday, December 14, Friday December 15, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Started in Portland, Oregon in 2000, the Free Geek organization now operates in 11 cities across North America and Norway. The Toronto is currently selling a number of its refurbished goods at modest prices. A recent peek at the location's inventory reveals a number of Apple products, including various iPods and iMacs as well as numerous PC-based computing devices as well starting as low as $10.

Watch a video explaining what happens to computers donated to Free Geek:


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