Dozens of 486 and 386 computers, laser printers, software, typewriters, desks, chairs, file cabinets, overhead projectors and enough stationery to stock Staples were free for the taking by 60 West Valley schools and not-for-profit organizations that attended the L.A. SHARES "free shopping spree" Friday and Thursday.
"There are so many things to choose from, such as a variety of papers, overhead projectors and things that are hard to come by," said Peggy Jacobs, second vice president of the PTA at Justice Street Elementary School of Canoga Park. "I'm very impressed by the inventory."
Despite the many items available, Bert Ball, executive director of L.A. SHARES, said that "it's only the tip of the iceberg."
"We also have a 14,000-square-foot warehouse near the harbor full of materials," Ball said.
On hand at the event in Los Feliz on Thursday was Councilwoman Laura Chick, who set up the two-day event so that schools and nonprofit groups could learn about the program.