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KeyBank donates 3,000 computers to community groups

KeyBank will donate more than 3,000 laptop and desktop computers, along with other office equipment and furnishings, worth about $390,000 to 40 area community service organizations.

KeyBank said the majority of the technology that will be donated to groups in Erie and Niagara counties became available because of Key's acquisition of First Niagara last year.

One of the recipients, Computers for Children, said it was one of the largest in-kind donations ever made to the organization.

Christine Carr, the group's executive director, said the computers would be used by children whose schools and families lack the resources to offer hands-on technology education.

Including the Buffalo-area donations, Key is distributing more than 6,700 computers, office equipment and furnishings to groups, with an estimated value of $800,000, across upstate New York and Ohio. The computers were "wiped" of any data and information prior to donation.

Key said LaserShip donated its transportation and delivery services to collect the technology and distribute it to designated nonprofits.

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