Last year I was talking to a volunteer at a toy drive, when he said something I’ll never forget.
He was telling me he was so thankful people were bringing in dolls and cars and other toys when he mentioned that it would be great if they could get some tablets and computers. Those aren’t something we normally think about donating, but the kids they serve really want them, just like my kids do. And, in fact, they need them.
In an age when even my kindergartner gets homework to do online, and when my third grader has typing practice so he can take standardized tests on a computer, I think we can go ahead and say kids need access to technology.
Tech takes us places. It can help a kid who can’t get to the library connect with libraries all over the world. It can help kids find information on…well, just about anything. Mine use it to get help with homework and write papers and research stuff they’re interested in and, yes, sometimes to relax and play a game for fun.
So last night CenturyLink teamed up with the Denver Broncos to provide technology to under-served youth in Denver. CenturyLink donated new computers, laptops, LED monitors, an HD projector and upgraded internet service to The Denver Rescue Mission Youth Center at The Crossing facility.
This is going to be huge in helping empower Denver’s youth with the tools they need to succeed at school and elsewhere. The tech world is constantly evolving and changing and all kids need to know how to use the tools that are available. CenturyLink is making sure kids who use the Rescue Mission’s Youth Center will be fully equipped with the latest technology to help with their schoolwork and other needs. It’s setting the kids up for success by helping them with their education — the one thing that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
And then, of course, there were Broncos players decorating cookies with kids (how does Miles the Mascot actually decorate cookies when he has hooves to work with? This remains one of the great mysteries of the universe…)
All in all, it was a heartwarming evening, full of fun and giving and the spirit of the holidays.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of CenturyLink. The opinions and text are all mine.