NYC 12-year-old donates 200 laptops to students through GoFundMe

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Daisy Hampton is just 12 years old, but she is already making a significant difference in her New York City community by donating laptops to kids in need.

Hampton started a nonprofit called ‘Including You’  earlier this year as a peer-to-peer mentorship program that aims to connect kids with disabilities or face economic disparities over the internet.

Now, however, the nonprofit is connecting kids with more than just each other; Daisy has donated 200 laptops to kids in need since the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shift to online learning.

‘In my past school, I saw kids that had disabilities were being made fun of, and kids facing economic disparities were missing out on a lot, especially during remote learning,’ Daisy told Fox News. ‘When that started, I saw that kids who didn’t have access to internet weren’t able to attend school, and they were missing out on so much of their education, and the schools weren’t really doing as much as they could have to get computers out to kids.’

Hampton, Daisy’s mother, said that while the teachers at Daisy’s old public school were great, other administrative issues and unforeseen circumstances left some students without laptops even as classes started taking place online last March. 

The 12-year-old recalled seeing these disparities even before COVID-19 struck New York City when her classmates would complete homework on school computers during recess due to a lack of internet service or devices at home.

Daisy herself has since transferred to a new school, where she can learn in person, but she continues to have an impact both on her old school and schools across the country.

After winning a cash reward for her leadership as a Girl Scout, Daisy used her earnings to buy a laptop for a girl who needed one because she was missing months of classes due to the fact that she had no computer.

‘With that Girl Scout money, I purchased the computer and we met up with her in front of her building, and I handed her the laptop. We took pictures. We talked. And I could see that both her and her mom were very, very grateful and filled with joy,’ Daisy said.

Daisy gave another example of a laptop recipient —  a girl in high school — who was shared her father’s phone, which he would leave at home when he went to work, with her brother to participate in classes because she did not have access to a computer.

Since then, Daisy has garnered donations from friends, family, and a GoFundMe, as well as funds from selling merchandise through her nonprofit, to give away about 200 laptops in total so far.

Daisy has raised more than $15,000 through her GoFundMe page titled ‘#KidsNeedConnection”‘ so far.

Hampton noted that New York City is not the only place facing this issue of some students being without the resources they need for virtual learning, even a year into the pandemic. She said that unforeseen issues — such as a broken laptop — make it difficult for children to obtain new devices.

Lengthy applications and school backlogs combined with language barriers or long work hours among parents make the process harder for some families compared to others, she explained.

‘Every single parent does the best that they can. … Everybody has a different situation in life, and so different obstacles present themselves,’ Hampton said…….”

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