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Apple donates iPods to students who lost homes

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2007
News Categories: Apple

Apple has quietly donated more than 100 iPods to students in the Poway school district, near San Diego, CA, who lost their homes during the October wildfires. Poway resident Steve Boyack asked Apple for the donation, thinking about the high school students who were affected. “The idea came up because of our experience in the past, helping with fire relief,” said Boyack. “It seemed like the high school kids were being left out. Having four boys, I thought what would be nice for the kids, and I thought iPods are an accessory most kids like and can’t live without.” Boyack said that Apple now plans to expand the program to the entire county, and that it didn’t want any publicity. “It was strictly from the heart and just wanting to help,” he said.

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1

I’m assuming these kids lost their homes and possessions…so how do they get music on their iPods without a computer?

Posted by Nobody on December 5, 2007 at 2:39 PM (PDT)

2

I assume Apple did or will do the same for the people in New Orleans who suffered through Hurricane Katrina?

Posted by zyzyzyzyzyzyx on December 5, 2007 at 11:22 PM (PDT)

3

that’s nice, .. that showes that someone is thinking. .. we all should know that we can’t please everybody… and of course if the company runs good and the worries are not so high then the mind is more open to things like this. ... it’s nice, ... so if people complain why not here or there, u can’t please everybodyu but you can start somewhere!

p.s.: any ideas if Microsoft will donate their zune?....lol,...

Posted by dennis on December 6, 2007 at 5:14 AM (PDT)

4

“p.s.: any ideas if Microsoft will donate their zune?....lol”

As Bill Gates has donated countless billions to charity and has alleviated poverty and suffering all around the world, I find that question more than a little risible.

And the new Zune has proved remarkably popular.

Posted by Blaine2000 on December 6, 2007 at 5:42 AM (PDT)

5

I dunno about the rest of you, but the first things I’m grabbing in a fire are my MacBook and external drive!

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on December 6, 2007 at 7:14 AM (PDT)

6

“alleviated poverty and suffering all around the world, I find that question more than a little risible.”

While it’s decent to be to be donating profits you took, Gates has plenty to make up for.


“And the new Zune has proved remarkably popular”

shill

Posted by Jim on December 6, 2007 at 9:05 AM (PDT)

7

Jim,
why all the hate towards Gates? “profits you took” and what does he have to make up for?

isn’t profits the purpose is a capitalist society?

I am by no means pro MS, but Gates has given billions, that is with a B, to charities out of his own pocket.

i think it is great that any company decides to give to a community whether it was hit by tragedy or not

Posted by hydra-calm on December 6, 2007 at 10:28 AM (PDT)

8

“I am by no means pro MS, but Gates has given billions, that is with a B, to charities out of his own pocket.”

Yes, but you have to think of it this way as well… Even if a billionaire gives away all but say $2 billion… calculate simple (not compound) interest on that at only 5% (people with that much get far higher returns as well). That billionaire would make $100 million in interest per year… 

Or think of it in the other direction.  Is someone that say is worth $50 billion, donates $1 billion a year to charity any more giving then someone that is worth $50,000 and gives $1,000 to charity?  Its still 1/50th of their perspective wealth…

Sure its nice when anyone donates to worthy causes, but to hold Bill or any billionaire higher up on a pedestal then anyone that donates an equal portion of their wealth is just wrong…

Posted by Steven Birch on December 6, 2007 at 5:00 PM (PDT)

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Steven,
If you think that I hold up Gates on a pedestal then I am sorry that I was not clear in my first post.

i just hate when people try to make him look bad for the wrong reasons, we all know that he does that on his own enough

Posted by hydra-calm on December 6, 2007 at 5:20 PM (PDT)

10

wow thats ridiculous - how about donate some money to the kids - last thing on their mind is an ipod - they lost their home!

gates>jobs

when did i read that jobs donated millions to charity?

Posted by gabe on December 9, 2007 at 10:44 AM (PDT)

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I’m truly amazed that anyone would criticize this. Apple did something nice here. It wasn’t a huge thing, and they didn’t seek out any publicity for doing it. Nor could they possibly hope to do the same thing for everyone who suffered hardship. The cash idea Gabe proposes, while that would have been nice for different reasons, would be an entirely different proposition and ultimately would have gone to the parents. This was just to bring a little joy to kids that had been through a lot.

Posted by elo on December 9, 2007 at 11:57 AM (PDT)

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