BRADENTON -- Angeline Graser, mother of Bradenton PC Repair co-owner Chris Graser, said an article about a company who helped wounded veterans inspired her to do the same. She knew her son would want to help veterans who needed portable electronics through his business.
"We got this business where people bring in their computers and don't know what to do with them. I said: 'Why don't we fix them?' And he said: 'Yes, we can do that,," Angeline Graser said.
Chris Graser loved the idea and enlisted his partner, Nazreth Morris, to help. From there, a drive to collect people's unused or and non-working laptops and tablets was born.
"My family has a military history, and it just seemed like something that would be good to do," said Chris Graser. "My mom does a lot of work with the veterans, and she suggested this, and I thought it was a really good idea."
So far they've collected four computers toward their goal of at least a dozen. They will donate the electronics to the Veterans of America Hospital at Bay Pines.
"We hope to get a dozen, but more would be better," said Morris. "The idea is to wipe them clean and to restore them back to factory settings so they work on the Internet and get basic programs."
On Veterans Day and Tues
day, Bradenton PC Repair will give donors a coupon for one free computer repair, excluding parts.
Chris Graser said donors can drop off their items and Bradenton PC Repair will handle the rest. He said donations will be collected through Dec. 28.
Mark Turner, brought in an old computer and speakers Monday. The U.S. Navy veteran came in earlier for repairs to his personal laptop. After he saw the posters, he came back to the business in an hour with a donations.
"I saw the sign when I came in earlier," said Turner. "I enjoy giving. I do it all the time. Being a veteran myself I know it goes to a good spot."
Bradenton PC Repair, 6703 14th St. W. in Bradenton, is open 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Information: 941-567-4017.
Janey Tate, city of Bradenton and Palmetto reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. You can follow her on Twitter at Janey_Tate.