Fort Bragg’s Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation partnered with Kramden Institute, Inc., a not-for-profit organization, and computer manufacturer Lenovo to provide 250 desktop computers to students of military Families during a Computer Give-a-Thon event Saturday.

Held at the Family Readiness Group Center at Pope Field, the event provided the technology to military Families with school-age children in need of a computer.

This was the fifth time the companies have partnered to donate computers to Families at Fort Bragg, said Lynn Olavarria, Army Community Service Financial Readiness Program manager.

“Lenovo and Kramden started by giving computers to Families with school children in their local communities,” Olavarria said. “They decided to branch out, and both companies reached out to us in order to help our military community children excel in school. The first giveaway was around 2006.”

Military Families with school-age children were eligible to apply for the free computers, Olavarria said.

“Families where chosen to receive the computers based on an application available through CYSS (Child Youth and School Services) and ACS,” she said. “The application required Families to have school-age children, with priority given to those who had no computer in the home.”

During the event, Kramden Institute and Lenovo technicians were on hand to explain and demonstrate to the computer recipients how to use the systems, and what academic programs were installed on the computer.

“We appreciate the generosity of both companies helping our military community,” Olavarria said. “This event is always well-received from our military community.”

Olavarria said it is up to Kramden and Lenovo to decide if future give-a-thons will be held, but it is a strong possibility there will be more.