The manager at the local Staples store came through bigtime for me as he was able to get me the following for $599 ( plus tax )
Dell® XPS M1330 Notebook PC
As one of the thinnest and lightest notebooks in its class, the XPS M1330 is a truly portable notebook.
Intel® Core 2 Duo T5450 (1.66GHz) processor
2GB installed memory
120GB Hard drive
SuperMulti DVD drive
13.3" WXGA TrueLife™ Wide Display
Built-in Dell Wireless Bluetooth capability
2.0 Megapixel Integrated Webcam
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
1 year warranty
Staples has been selling it for close to $1100 but the store had a special Christmas Eve sale.
I had enough from the donations and saving what I could to get him a wireless mouse as well and his Mom is going to get the bag for him.
He is beyond thrilled and I am so grateful to all.
Meanwhile in the real world Christmas Night was a little bleak at the shelter. Some volunteers promised to provide Christmas dinner and they never showed letting the poor students who did not go home to scramble to feed everyone. It wasn't the big dinner they had planned but there was nothing they could do.
I will be at the shelter until Saturday morning and then have to see what other options are out there. All the agencies are shut down this week and nothing is moving.
Over in Boston they had a big meal at Pine Street Inn
Homeless in Boston served a Christmas meal, with a side of compassion
Yes the homeless are well fed on Christmas and Thanksgiving but sadly there are 363 days in a year.
I will continue to blog and let you know how the battle is going.
Again thanks for all the support......
Now that the laptop dream has been accomplished the donation button will still be there if anybody feels like getting me a cup of coffee