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Bits of Business | Laptops donated for women, children

A local shelter received a little technological help from a charter school Thursday.

The Centre Learning Community Charter School donated five Mac laptops to the Centre County Women’s Resource Center, a move that coincides with Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The CCWRC’s mission is to empower sexual or domestic violence survivors and to prevent relationship violence.

“You know, it just happened to be today,” said Anne Ard, CEO of CCWRC. “It coincides with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but it’s also just coincidental. It really says that the community is thinking of ways to support its local shelters.”

Ard said the laptops will get good use from the 125 to 135 women and children the shelter serves annually.

“We’re thrilled to get them for our kids and women, because access to the Internet is critical,” Ard said. “Moms use it for job searches, searching for housing, signing up for food stamps and other assistance. Kids will use it for homework. There is the assumption that kids have access to computers for homework. That’s usually the case, but sometimes that’s not the case.”

From caring to cruising

The stress that comes with being a family caregiver can almost be too much.

That’s why Home Instead Senior Care in State College is giving back — with a cruise.

If you know a family caregiver who deserves a cruise, submit a nomination by Friday to explaining why they and a guest should go on the cruise. Residents of Centre, Clearfield, Mifflin, Juniata, Huntingdon, Fulton and Bedford counties can nominate caregivers from those counties.

The cruise will be from Feb. 9 to 13 on the Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas. The cruise will take off from Port Canaveral, Fla., with stops in the Bahamas. The caregiver will also receive 40 hours of free care from Home Instead Senior Care for their senior loved one while away.