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“Grahamtastic Connection Receives 50 Laptops from the IRS”

–May, 2009 – MaineBusiness.com highlights: Laptops Help Critically Ill Children Connect.

MaineBusiness.com

May 6. 2009, Boston, MA: Grahamtastic Connection, a Maine–based non–profit that provides laptops and internet access to critically ill children, recently received a donation of 50 gently used laptops from the IRS Criminal Investigation Boston Field Office.

This is the second major donation of used IRS laptops to Grahamtastic. In 2004, the IRS donated 50 gently used laptops, which were distributed to sick children nationwide.

Grahamtastic Connection works with doctors, social workers and hospitals across the nation, providing laptops and internet access to children who are house bound or hospitalized due to illness. Leslie Morissette of Springvale, Maine founded Grahamtastic after she lost her young son, Graham, to leukemia. Over the last 11 years, Grahamtastic has supported over 200 children in 35 states.

“The IRS has already touched the lives of children from Maine to California with the donation of 50 laptops five years ago,” said Leslie Morissette of Grahamtastic Connection. “The latest donation of 50 laptops will replenish our lending library which allows children to connect from home and hospital.”

Boston Field Office Special Agent in Charge Susan Dukes stated, “IRS Criminal Investigation is pleased to provide support to Grahamtastic Connection’s worthwhile mission. It is gratifying to be able to help critically ill children obtain internet access through the donation of our outdated computer equipment. As criminal investigators we see so much fraud and wrong doing that we feel fortunate to be able to participate in a program that does good work.”

“Connecting through technology and the internet is vital to children who suffer from critical illnesses” said Morissette. “Often these children are cut off from teachers and their friends. Using a laptop and the internet, they can connect to their classrooms to learn and to their friends to socialize as they struggle through their illness.”

About Grahamtastic

Grahamtastic, a Maine-based 501(c)(3) provides free laptops and internet access to critically ill children for educational purposes. The Grahamtastic “lending library” makes laptops available for children to borrow while being hospitalized or bed ridden. Learn more at www.grahamtastic.org