"Several of the kids need a computer to be doing homework," Crofts said.
Currently, her children share one laptop and sometimes use their father's laptop, too.
Crofts said her 9-year-old daughter came home from school with a flyer about a nonprofit organization, Computers for Kids, and she was "really excited about it."
The family decided it sounded like a good opportunity to get a good quality refurbished computer with up-to-date software, she said.
On Friday, the Crofts -- along with dozens of other families -- picked up computers during a Computers for Kids event at the
Computers for Kids -- a
"A lot of people feel that it sounds too good to be true," said
The group was looking for donations of desktop computers prior to the event.
"We'll take anything except TVs," Gardner said. "If it has a board or cord, we'd love it."
Once computers arrive at the organization's facility, hard drives are wiped clean. Then, computers are donated to students around the state.
To receive a computer, students must fill out an application, write an essay and pay a
Computers for Kids launched in 2002 when Chief Executive Officer
"CFK offers children an exciting opportunity to gain the necessary high tech skills needed to join the workforce as computer literate adults and navigate in our complex electronic world," the organization's website states.
Students receive desktop computers, which include software, such as Windows 7. Students also have access to technical support for one year.
The Crofts family has children ranging in age from two weeks to 12 years old. Children attend
The older children need to be able to type up reports and do research online, Crofts said.
Now, they're staying up too late waiting for their turn on the computer to finish assignments.
"It always seems to be past bedtime. The one (computer) was not doing it," Crofts said. "The two, I think, will make it a lot nicer."
Over the last 12 years, Computers for Kids has handed out more than 33,000 computers.
Officials have been coming to the
The organization continues to increase the number of donations, Gardner said.
For more information, call 208-345-0346 or visit www.cfkidaho.org.
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