Foster and Adopted Children Receive Computer Donation

January 18, 2011 Updated Jan 18, 2011 at 2:49 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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January 18, 2011 Updated Jan 18, 2011 at 2:49 PM EDT

Rose Patterson has been a foster mother for years through the non-profit Gateway Longview. Now, she has adopted three beautiful children.

"These kids have been through a lot now their lives are turned around," Patterson said.

Patterson said they are now family who supports one another. Then, she needed a little help when it came to providing computers and other learning tools for her kids. That's where Gateway Longview and Buffalo ReuseIT, another non-profit that refurbishes computers, stepped in to help.

"This is a wonderful gift for them because sometimes disadvantaged kids have a tough time getting in touch with technology and these are items that they need to help them in school and in life," Vice President Gateway Longview Foundation Kathy Swenson said.

Director of Buffalo ReuseIT Matthew Podoba said these are the kids who need it most.

"Universally, when you talk about foster kids 99 percent of the time they go without. They just don't have the resources to interact. They need these computers for school, they need them for college and they need these computers to interact," Podoba said.

Six computers were donated and given to families like the Pattersons. All of the computers were "like new" and ready to roll.

"I happy because we're getting the computers and I love mommy. I'm just excited," computer recipient T'Mayh Patterson said.

This was ReuseIT's first donation to Gateway Longview but they plan to make it monthly gift with the help of donations of computer parts from the community.