Cox Communications donates computers to Big Brothers Big Sisters

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10 ) – Cox Communications is making a difference for local at risk children with a gift.

It’s a gift that will impact their education and futures.

Students in Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Oliver Hill house after school program are going home with their own brand new computer.

A couple computers will stay at the house allowing some second hand laptops to retire.

Jeff Merritt, Market Vice President of Cox Roanoke, says it’s vital for kids today to have access to the internet at home.

“Now so much research is done online, papers are written, access to the Internet is critical, and if you are in a situation where you do not have access to that you could easily be left behind by your peers,” he explained.

“Sometimes we have to do school work on the computer, but we have to do it sometimes at school, but now I can do it at home,” said fifth grader Daquan, McGeorge.

Big Brothers Big Sisters leaders say this is one of the most generous gifts given to the non-profit in recent years.

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