Comcast Helps To Level The Playing Field - Salvation Army Kids Gain Internet and Computer Access

Oct 24, 2012, 07:15 ET from Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division

CARNEGIE, Pa., Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In today's technology-centered world, most needy children get left behind.  When a family has a tough time putting food on the table or a roof over their heads, paying for a computer or expensive Internet access is out of the question.  And, unfortunately, it is the children who pay the ultimate price.

Comcast is helping to bring hope to those children who don't have the necessary access needed for academic success. The company recently donated 10 laptops to The Salvation Army; five each to the Steel Valley/Homestead and Monessen Worship and Service Centers.  The laptops will provide additional resources for youth programs offered at each of the locations so that children will be able to complete school assignments.  The donation will also allow each Salvation Army location to provide much-needed internet safety instruction for youth to understand the dangers of surfing the web.

"Comcast has a long and proven track record of standing by and supporting our families in need," said Major William H. Bode, The Salvation Army's Western Pennsylvania Divisional Commander.  "This generous gift will have a positive and life changing impact on the futures of countless children."                              

To further assist clients, The Salvation Army will also provide details about Comcast's "Internet Essentials" program so that households with children that qualify for the free or reduced school lunch program can learn how they can receive Comcast home internet service for $9.95 per month.  Through the Comcast Internet Essentials program, families can also purchase a low-cost computer and receive free Internet training.

"Comcast is pleased to partner with The Salvation Army and help its youth programs make a difference in these communities," said Comcast Keystone Region Senior Vice President Jim Samaha. "We believe strongly that the success of our children's future rests firmly in the ability to equally access technology, and we are committed to help level the playing field and ensure that no one gets left behind."

Both a church and a social service organization, The Salvation Army began in London, England in 1865. Today, it provides critical services in 125 countries worldwide. The 28-county Western Pennsylvania Division serves thousands of needy families through a wide variety of support services. To learn more about The Salvation Army in Western Pennsylvania, log onto, or  The Salvation Army … Doing the most good . . . for the most people . . . in the most need.

SOURCE Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division