Osage Nation Police Department’s Investigator Mike Anderson has participated in the North Pole Project for the past four years. The program distributes refurbished computers to families in need during the Christmas season.
The North Pole project began in 2003 by the late retired Tulsa Police officer Glenn DeWeese, 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.
Marilyn Booth, one of last year’s computer recipients, was ecstatic about the gift last year and said the refurbished computer has come in handy.
“It has been awesome in helping with their reports and homework that they have had for school. Again, I am very grateful for the computer and it has been very beneficial to our family!” Booth said. “We are very blessed to have received the computer from their program. Thank you and God bless all of our Policemen and women!”
Police officers distributed 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. 21. 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:
- Zachary Elsberry and his 10-year-old son from Fairfax.
- Leah Bighorse and her four children and niece and nephew from Pawuska.
- Mary Hynes and her 11-year old granddaughter from Hominy.
- Mary Evans and her two sons from Skaitook.
- Richard Raper and his son and daughter from Pawhuska.
For more information about he North Pole Computer Project and PC power visit www.TulsaPCPower.org.