HENDERSON — For many, spring serves as the season of rebirth and rejoicing. Henderson’s HUBZone Technology Initiative celebrates that as well as environmental responsibility through its Earth Day Donation Drive.

From April 8 through April 22, HUBZone Technology Initiative and its partners will have donation bins in selected locations throughout the region. The local nonprofit has established a long track record of taking old and unwanted laptop computers, restoring them as Google Chromebooks, then distributing them to organizations dedicated to good works in the community.

Debbie Boyd, director for the Laptop Team, who heads efforts to obtain laptops for HUBZone Technology Initiative, said,“These laptops will help so many children and adults that do not have technology resources in their home but must still have virtual classes and work remotely. So, please clean out those closets and sheds so your old laptops can provide new opportunities for those in need. All donations are tax deductible.”

The laptops after restoration go to organizations that help the homeless, struggling families, veterans, victims of domestic violence and many other vulnerable or afflicted peoples

Donations of laptops play a key role in protecting the environment. North Carolina law forbids anyone from simply throwing them out as one would other garbage because toxic contaminants could run off into soil or groundwater.

Those with old laptops taking up shelf space can hand them over to HUBZone Technology Initiative knowing they will not disturb the environment and will also help the community.

So far, local Henderson donation points include the HUBZone Technology Initiative main office at 208 N. Garnett St., Suite F, as well as Freedom Life Church, Restoring Bodies and Minds and the Perry Library.

HUBZone Associate Director Nikki Crawford also notes expanding the use of technology helps to advance Earth Day goals the whole year through. “Laptops are a beautiful invention, they cut down on the use of paper and help save trees,” she said, adding that she also wishes everyone “Happy Earth Day from HTI.”

Make sure to check out HUBZone Technology Initiative’s website, hubzonetech.org, or social media for more information or additions to donation locations.

During this event, donations of laptops are welcomed from both businesses and individuals. These disposables are in demand to help the needy more than ever.