The North Pole Computer Project delivers Christmas gifts

Monday, December 20th 2004, 9:21 am
By: News On 6

The North Pole Computer Project hit high gear Monday as police officers delivered 80 refurbished computers to kids in Tulsa, Broken Arrow and Sand Springs.

The project started small in the home of one Tulsa Police officer last year and has grown to a regular Santa's workshop with lots of Santa's helpers.

News on 6 crime reporter Lori Fullbright went along on one of the deliveries. Wrapping 80 computers is a big job for police volunteers, but one they're glad to undertake, just as the officers are glad to load them by the trailer and deliver them.

The North Pole Computer Project is so popular, the officer who began it now has a non-profit organization that cleans, tests and rebuilds computers for kids whose families couldn't afford to have one at home. Of course, nothing beats delivering presents this time of year.

A single working mother and her two daughters couldn't wait to see what Santa and his helper brought them. The computer already has software on it that can be used by both sisters, for school and for fun.

Sasha Robertson: "It's great, it's good. I can use it for projects at school, plus I want to be a model so I can use it to look up different websites."

Their mother knows having a computer at home will help her girls be more competitive. Cecelia Robertson: "It was very excited. I wanted to get one, but, being a single mom, it's a dream come true."

Tulsa Police love the chance for kids to see them as a helper, not just a law enforcer. Tulsa Police officer Tammara Olden: "I get the opportunity to work with young people everyday and for me, it's a calling, the best thing I could do because I love it, love working with young people."

It doesn't get much better than yet, no matter what time of year.

If you need a computer or have computers to donate, contact Tulsa Police officer Glenn Deweese's organization, PC-Power.