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Jenks said there are many people who can’t help financially this year but who have an old device sitting around they can donate.
“It’s a nice way where a lot of people can participate and help make somebody’s life a little bit better during this pandemic even if they don’t have much else to give,” she said.
Albertans can drop off Androids that are four years old or newer as well as iPhone 5s or newer and iPad Gen 3s or newer at any London Drugs location in the province before Jan. 10. The devices will be sanitized, cleared of all personal data, refurbished, and then provided to care homes with step-by-step guides for staff to help residents. Other drop off locations can be found on the Project Joy website.
Since it began, Jenks says Project Joy has provided devices to more than 20 homes from as far away as Lethbridge and Medicine Hat in the south to Slave Lake in the north. They have enough devices for another three to five facilities but have 26 homes on the wait list.
“Originally, we thought we could help a few homes and now it’s turned into something province wide, and I hope that we may have the opportunity even to make it all of Western Canada,” she said.