As a disabled veteran myself .....@ 2007/11/03
Dear Sir or Ma'am,
I am contacting all of our friends in the tech industry to gauge their interest in a project I am trying to organize. Over the last couple of years, HardwareLogic has sponsored a "Hoopty Rig" project, where staff and members donate hardware they no longer need/want to the project. We then find a family or child who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford a computer, and a staff member, or senior forum member, build a system from the parts list, then presents it to the family or child.
I'm contacting you today because we've wanted to take the project in a different direction. As I'm sure you know, our country has been involved in a war over the last four years, and an often overlooked byproduct are soldiers coming home with physical and emotional injuries that they may or may not ever overcome. As a disabled veteran myself, I understand, at least in part, what these young kids are trying to deal with, and regardless of anyone's personal views on the war, I think we all agree we need to support these young men and women who have sacrificed so much.
What we are looking for are donations, hardware that is working, but no longer being used by anyone. It may seem inconceivable in our business, but "old" hardware works perfectly well for someone who needs basic computing functions like Word Processing, Web Browsing, Email, etc. I think a lot of us would be surprised at how much stuff like this members of our community have sitting around collecting dust.
Please do not feel obligated in any way, I'm just wanting to gauge interest from our sister sites, and companies we deal with on a day to day basis, to see how feasible this project is. Of course anyone who participates will get full credit, and I'll ask that people make sure to recognize your efforts as much as possible. If you, or your community might be interested in contributing, please let me know. Once I get an idea of the interest, I'll contact the VFW, American Legion, and other Veteran's Services Agencies to see how best to proceed.
I've said before that community means everything to me, and hopefully things like this will rub off on others and we can put some older hardware to a good use. Thank you again for your time and consideration.