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      Sign-up underway for Columbia computer givaway

      Some needy children in Columbia will soon get their very own computer.

      The City of Columbia, the Voluntary Action Center and the Downtown Optimist Club are sponsoring the 7th annual Homes for Computers program.

      Columbia city employees donate their old computers, monitors and keyboards to qualifying families.

      Applicants must have at least one child attending school and not have a computer in their home.

      When they upgraded their computers, they were taking them to surplus auction and getting very little for them," Voluntary Action Center Director Cindy Mustard said. "This way, we will have over 300 families with computers. They have been gone over and formatted and they have programs on them. They have office on it. The kids will really be able to do their homework on it.

      The deadline to apply for the Home for Computers program is Jan. 29.

      Voluntary Action Center workers are moving from their Providence Road location after being at that location for 16 years.

      As of Jan. 18, applicants must apply for the computer program at the Center TMs new location at 403A Vandiver Dr. next to the driver TMs license office.

      The Center TMs phone number, 874-CARE, will stay the same.