I am the director of a small IT department. We are currently retiring about 40 - 50 older computer in our office. They are much older Pentium 4 and or Celeron processors. Maybe 256 - 512 mb of RAM. Nothing spectacular. We decided to see if anyone in the office would like some of the old computers. A fellow employee, a deacon at a local church, asked if we would donate some for a battered women's and children's center run through the church. Of course without a second thought I offered 12 computers with monitors, keyboards, mice the works. I went out of my way to recycle any other available parts to max these things out. 1 - 2 GB of ram where possible, cd burners and dvd readers where I could. I re-imaged all the computer's and applied valid licenses to them all. I ran all the latest updates, installed some basic software (avast, openoffice). All along I worked closely with an employee of mine. A very nice young lady currently attending college. She is a very public lesbian and a fellow atheist.

All in all we were very pleased with ourselves for going out of the way to help such a good cause. I can't say that I would ever give money directly to a church but I am more than willing to sacrifice my time or money when I know it will go to a good cause even if there is some affiliation with a church.

What pleased me most was the very surprised look on my employee's and my co-worker's faces when I said, "Any time an atheist and a lesbian can help your church, you just let us know."

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Comment by Bicky on November 11, 2009 at 6:46am
great job dude
keep it up!!!
Comment by Kathy Fields on October 1, 2009 at 9:18pm
Comment by The Nerd on August 25, 2009 at 12:33pm
Haha! Christians seem to think they have a monopoly on acts of kindness.

For ages and ages they certainly have had a monopoly on acts of unkindness.
Comment by Sarah Trachtenberg on September 10, 2009 at 9:51am
Well done and well said!
Will the theists and homophobes help us in our causes? LOL
Comment by Tak G. on August 29, 2009 at 7:11am
Good job! I am often too shy to point out my atheism upon doing a good deed I am often fairly quick to point out that my actions show I'm a good person regardless of what I believe when someone tries to give me some sort of moral argument that says the godless are incapable of doing good.
Comment by zeeman barzell on August 25, 2009 at 6:30pm
I was prepared for the punchline of this story to be, the co-worker/church deacon's reaction to the thoughtful effort and donation being..."Thank you, Jesus!"
Comment by wallflower on August 25, 2009 at 2:51pm
As a homosexual atheist, I'd like to add my HA HA HA. Non-religious people are far more likely to be philantropic than religious, statistically. Thanks for your example. I hope the PCs are used for good - and not to promote "Change Ministries" !
Comment by Louis Davout on August 25, 2009 at 1:22pm
Comment by Mihai on August 25, 2009 at 2:29am
A good deed deserves congratulations! Maybe donating them to a purely secular cause would have been preferable, however...
Comment by Pansy on August 24, 2009 at 10:08pm
i'll have to remember that next time i do a good deed, thanks
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on August 24, 2009 at 9:04pm
Well done! There needs to be a lot more of this!



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