The Osage Nation Police Department has participated in the North Pole Project for the past three years. The project distributes refurbished computers to families in need during the Christmas season.
“As a police officer it is always a positive experience when you can contribute to the skills our youth will need for the rest of their lives. Education is a foundation for success,” said ONPD Investigator Mike Anderson. “Economic barriers do not have to prevent giving kids the tools for success when you have a program such as The North Pole Project.”
The North Pole project began in 2003 by the late retired Tulsa Police officer Glenn DeWeese and founder of PC Power. DeWeese began building computers for children in need at Christmas time. The program to date has provided computers for more than 1,000 families since established. This year 150 children received computers for Christmas. The program is being run by another retired police officer of Tulsa, Karen Ford.
Police officers distribute the computers to their new owners a week before Christmas. The officers delivered the computers to Tulsa, Jenks, Broken Arrow, Sapulpa and Sand Springs police departments, along with Cherokee Nation and Osage Nation.
Anderson went to Tulsa’s Fraternal Order of Police Lodge to collect the computers that were to be distributed in Osage County on Dec. 22. Anderson immediately began delivering the computers to their new homes.
Five families in Osage County received computers from the project this year.
The recipients of this year’s gift were as follows:
- Randi Vendredi of Hominy with her three children
- Herbert Arnce of Hominy and his son
- Angela Lunsford of Hominy and her daughter
- Christina Cheshwalla of Pawhuska and her daughter
- Dustin Snell of Pawhuska and his son
“My daughter Madison was so excited that she couldn’t wait for my help setting it up, she took it upon herself to get it all together and set it up … she did a good job of it without my help,” said Angela Lunsford, computer recipient. “I would like to thank the North Pole Project and everyone else that made it possible.”
For more information about the North Pole Computer Project and PC Power visit www.TulsaPCPower.org.