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Gara, group, seek laptops for foster children

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Anchorage state representative and a foster child advocacy group are again collecting used laptop computers for foster children.

Democrat Les Gara says about 200 laptops have been collected and distributed over two years.

He's working on collecting more with Facing Foster Care In Alaska.

Program coordinator Amanda Metivier (meh-TEE'-vee-er) says foster children use laptops for school and for carrying pictures of family and friends.

She says it's important for children to have a portable computer because some foster children have 20 or more placements.

The collectors are looking for working laptops not more than four years old that have a word processing program and internet capability.

They can be dropped off at Gara's office.

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