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Do good with your computer

ERIN PHEIL
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As human beings, we are constantly making choices: all day, every day.We choose to get out of bed each morning (or not), we choose to pour chocolate syrup on our waffles instead of maple, we choose to wear orange socks instead of white.However, though we’re free to make choices each day, we’re often not aware of all our options. That’s why, in today’s article, we’ll learn about some “feel-good” technology choices you may wish to make in the future.

Some of us choose to recycle our newspapers, glass bottles and soda cans. What many people don’t know, however, is that your computer equipment can be recycled as well. Hewlett Packard’s Planet Partnersô recycling service “provides an easy way to recycle any brand of computer equipment or HP printing supplies.” Additionally, HP makes sure to recycle your equipment in a manner that conserves resources.What an opportunity to make a good choice; recycle that old equipment instead of tossing it into the Dumpster. Learn more here: http://tinyurl.com/57hz.Some people choose to donate their time while others prefer to donate their money. For those of us who have little of either resource to donate, may I suggest an alternative consideration? Blood. Most of us have enough of it to donate a small amount every once in a while.At Bonfils Blood Center (www.bonfils.org), you can educate yourself on a variety of fascinating blood facts and the importance of donating blood. You can learn about Bonfils’ special events occurring in Colorado and where the nearest Donation Center is. You can even make a donation appointment online.

Meanwhile, you may also choose to take the nontechnical route and simply donate blood at the Red Mountain Rock Gym’s Community Blood Drive on Wednesday, Sept. 22 from 3-6:30 p.m. Contact Red Mountain’s Janet Wolfson at (970) 468-1248 for more details.Lastly, I would like to share a great Web site with you. Free Donation (www.freedonation.com) is a wonderful site that won Yahoo’s Best Charity Hub Site Award in 2001. Similar in concept to the Hunger Site (www.thehungersite.com), which we learned about in a previous article, Free Donation allows web surfers to donate to a variety of causes such as housing the homeless, defeating cancer and ending hunger – with nothing more than a click of the mouse.



The site even offers a handy “You Have Contributed” chart near the bottom of the homepage that shows your contribution totals for the day. Give Free Donation a shot and see how easy it can be to make a difference each day.And there you have it, my friends: More options to choose from. Make your choices good ones.eRin pheiL is the owner of timeforcake (www.timeforcake.com) based in Frisco. eRin can be reached at (970) 668-0709, or at info@timeforcake.com.


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