Gifts In Kind International Distributes Donated Computers in Massachusetts

Gifts in Kind International
Monday, 1 April 2002

Today Gifts In Kind International, the world's leading charity in product philanthropy, announced a new partnership with the Southcoast Hospitals Group of Massachusetts to facilitate the distribution of hundreds of refurbished computers to nonprofit organizations and school districts in southeastern Massachusetts.

An initial donation of 70 computers from Tobey Hospital in Wareham, Mass., will go to nonprofit groups in southeastern Massachusetts, such as Gosnold on Cape Cod, the Cape's largest provider of substance abuse and mental health treatment. Over the next year, Gifts In Kind International anticipates distributing over 600 more computers from Southcoast Hospitals Group to such worthy charities as Gosnold on Cape Cod, and St. Joseph's & St. Therese School in Fall River, Massachusetts.

Richard Smith, Vice President, MIS & Communications, Southcoast Hospitals Group said that the donation through Gifts in Kind supports Southcoast's ongoing community benefit initiatives. "The PC donation is a great way for Southcoast to give back to the communities we serve," said Smith. "By partnering with Gifts in Kind on this project, Southcoast is able to distribute the used computers in a cost efficient, timely manner to recipients throughout the South Coast region."

Speaking on behalf of Gosnold on Cape Cod, President and CEO, Raymond Tamasi remarked, "This very generous donation from Southcoast Hospitals Group comes at a perfect time for us, as we are currently upgrading software systems and equipping our twelve different sites with PCs. Without the help of Southcoast and our partnership with Gifts In Kind, it would have been impossible for us to link all sites at the same time. Now, that is a reality and it reminds us, once more, of the value of our association with Gifts In Kind."

About Gifts In Kind International

Gifts In Kind International (www.giftsinkind.org), the world's leading charity in product philanthropy, serves as the vital link between corporate donors and recipient nonprofits. Gifts In Kind International, the 7th largest charity in the United States, and its 350-plus Gifts In Kind affiliates provide nonprofits access to more than $675 million annually in product and service donations, helping them improve lives in communities around the world. Manufacturers and retailers, including 40 percent of the Fortune 500 companies, rely on Gifts In Kind International's free services to design and manage the donation process. Gifts In Kind International distributes products such as computer hardware and software, office products and equipment, educational and recreational supplies, clothing, personal care products, and building materials to a global network of more than 50,000 charities. Gifts In Kind International operates at less than 1 percent of the fair market value of products donated, making it one of the most cost-efficient charities in the world.

For more information, or to contact Gifts in Kind International, see their website at: www.giftsinkind.org

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