Some people donate to the Red Cross or volunteer at soup kitchens around the holidays. During the 2013 season, Ken “helios” Starks conducted an outreach called the “12 Geeks of Christmas.”
Twelve geeks were sent reconditioned notebook computers to give to a child whose family couldn’t afford one otherwise. On his blog, he wrote:
We send said Geek a reconditioned laptop with Linux on it and they locate a school-aged child in their community that wouldn’t normally be able to afford a computer in the household. Deliver the computer and spend some time showing the parents and the child how to use it, and support them when they need help.
Yeah, I know…that’s asking a lot. But 12 of you did it.
Richard Kapler is credited as one of those geeks who gave a computer to a child who is doing everything they can to make it into college. There are currently plans to tell the story of more of these geeks. Well done, helios. Well done.