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New horizons from old tech

Using technology to brighten futures is the goal for OlyPen staff and Sequim Kiwanis members.

OlyPen is recycling donated computers and giving them to students through community organizations selected by Kiwanis members.

"We think it's a worthy cause and it fits our motto by serving the children of Clallam County," said Sequim Kiwanis vice-president Joe Treece.

Chris Lelle, a salesman for OlyPen, initiated the Computers for Community program Aug. 18 by providing two computers through the Boys & Girls Club in Sequim.

Shaun Jones, 10, and siblings Christopher Puksta, 9, and Megan Puksta, 8, said they would use the computers for schoolwork and typing games.



Work and play

Three other computers have been

distributed through Foster Families of

Clallam County.

"It's a perfect way to prevent computers from going into landfills," Lelle said.

"We also wanted to get these out there for the kids before they go back to school."

All the computers are equipped with Windows XP and are Internet ready.

Donated computers are guaranteed to be in working order when delivered, but since they are used no other guarantees are possible.

Employees remove all personal information before sending out a donated computer.



How to donate

OlyPen is accepting computers now, with plans to become a recycling center for used computer equipment.

To donate a computer or to be considered for a donation, contact Chris Lelle at 683-1456 or billing@olypen.com or bring it between

8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday or 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday to 245 E. Washington St., Sequim.

Tax receipts are available for donations; call Shell McGuire at 681-0805.



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