LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7)-- In Lynchburg, nonrofit Lighthouse Communications is hoping the holiday season will help with their annual Computer Drive.
So far, 50 people living below the poverty line have taken the free technology course with Lighthouse. When they graduate from the course they are gifted a laptop or desktop.
The program is designed to address the high poverty rate and give people job ready skills.
"The internet is mandatory for our day to day life. With out internet connection or the hardware to do it you're at a complete disadvantage," said Mark Lindy, Executive Director of Lighthouse Communications.
The current course will end in January and then all of the computers will be gone. Leaders are hoping that as people get new electronics over the holidays, they will donate the old ones.