Readers Help Family Caught In Digital Divide
Since we ran Saturday's story "One Step Off The Superhighway" on the digital divide in urban areas, more than a dozen people have called or sent e-mails with offers of help the family featured in the article.
Many wanted to donate or buy Judith Theodore a computer or help pay for her monthly Internet subscription charges. Her 11-year-old son, Steven, was thrilled to connect with one reader in Alexandria who helped him get a Dell laptop with a wireless card. Another reader, a realtor in the District, will be paying for the family's broadband subscription charges for one year and others have offered to continue payments.
Judith Theodore said she is grateful to all those who reached out to her. Between the outpouring of support and the access to high-speed Internet service, she said she is confident her family will get back on its feet. "Steven is filled with self-confidence," she said.
Now Theodore is trying to figure out how she can help others. She wants to connect those readers who have offered help to others like her who can't afford high-speed Internet service.
We'll keep you informed of her efforts.
March 5, 2009; 3:29 PM ET
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