Anonymous donor repairs laptops for families that need technology – Austin American-Statesman

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When an anonymous donor read the Statesman’s Season for Caring stories this year, he thought about what he could do to help. Some years, he’s donated money; other years, furnishings.
This year, he realized he had a skill he could share — repairing computers. He found six laptops, fixed them up with new parts if they needed them and added software to make them more usable.
“I just decided that it’s one thing I could do,” he said.
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The anonymous donor has given the laptops to four Season for Caring families: the Gaston-Ellises, Abrahas, López Guzmans and Sneeds. 
Each year, the Statesman Season for Caring program tells the stories of featured families and invites the community to give items on their wish lists or make financial donations.
The families are all nominated by local nonprofit organizations. Money raised helps the featured families first and then enables the nonprofits to help hundreds of other families throughout the year with basic needs such as rent, groceries and medical care. 
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The siblings of the Gaston-Ellis family are taking care of one another after their mom died of COVID-19 in August. They were nominated by Hospice Austin (512-342-4726, hospiceaustin.org).
The Abraha family came to Austin three years ago after living in a refugee camp in Ethiopia for six years. Interfaith Action of Central Texas nominated the family (512-386-9145, interfaithtexas.org).
The López Guzmans came from Guatemala five years ago after their now-13-year-old daughter was threatened. Foundation Communities nominated them (512-447-2026, foundcom.org).
The Sneed family lost its home in a fire. Grandmother Diana Sneed is raising two granddaughters. They were nominated by Meals on Wheels Central Texas (512-476-6325, mealsonwheelscentraltexas.org).
The anonymous donor was inspired by another person who had given a car and a laptop he wasn’t using to the Burnett family, which is living in a motel. 
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“When you see that, that spurs members of the community,” the anonymous donor said. He’s hoping his story will spur other people to use the skills they have or items they are no longer using to donate to Season for Caring families.
Each featured family has a wish list that can be found at statesman.com/seasonforcaring
Ways to give:Crib, wheelchair, winter coats: Donors help Season for Caring families through Amazon wish lists
These are some of the biggest needs people with specific skills can donate: 
Find out more about Season for Caring, read the stories of the featured families and make a donation at statesman.com/seasonforcaring. You also can find a coupon to mail in a donation on Page 2B

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