How many people do you know keep old devices, computers, or items they no longer use in a random closet solely because they do not know what to do with them? How many of us truly understand what the best use is for the electronic devices that we no longer need? Luckily, we have a solution that allows these no longer needed devices to take on a new life in our community.

In celebration of Suncoast Digital Inclusion Month, the Digital Access for All team at The Patterson Foundation decided to do a device drive in our four-county area to collect these unused items and put them to new use, thanks to Sarasota Technology Users Group (STUG). With donation locations throughout our four-county region, including the Women’s Resource Center, the DeSoto Solutions to Actions event at the Turner Agri-Civic Center, and The Patterson Foundation, community members had many opportunities to participate.

Throughout October, 119 devices were donated to STUG for refurbishment and redistribution to community members needing devices capable of connecting to the internet. The outpouring of support for this donation drive proved that sometimes, all the community needs is for someone to ask them to participate. While we may not always know what to do with old devices, STUG does, and you can support them by donating year-round.

If you or someone you know has devices sitting around that you do not know what to do with, STUG is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that accepts computers, monitors, tablets, and peripherals (hard drives, CD/DVD readers/writers, and other computer items) on the Windows or Apple platforms. These devices are then refurbished, repurposed for parts to repair other devices, or sold for scrap to fund the mission of STUG. To learn how to request or donate a computer, visit thestug.org/refurb_files/refurb.

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