Dec 14 20

Changing the scope of education one donation at a time — 5 Days of Christmas


This year, the pandemic has dramatically shifted the way students have been educated. For many lower-income families, the transition from in-person learning to virtual classrooms has been difficult because of the financial demand of acquiring a laptop.

It hasn’t been an easy ride for many, but our team at HTI delights in putting a smile on the faces of so many families. Every story we receive is unique in its own way, including that of a household in Selma, NC. 

Mary Alvarado recently finished an online associate’s degree in health and human services, but due to the pandemic, she says it’s been hard for her to find a job. However, Mary’s faith remains strong as a mother of two with a strong determination to locate employment.

“I worked too hard in school to quit now. I have two children, a boy and a girl who are my world but unfortunately, this Christmas will not be that great for them. My son has wanted a Chromebook for a couple years now,” Mary explained to HTI.

Mary is one of HTI’s “5 Days of Christmas” recipients and says the donation of a Chromebook will be used for her son’s virtual schooling. Before the donation, he had to use her phone or visit the local library to complete his schoolwork. 

Something as simple as a laptop will radically change the education of Mary’s children and open a world of opportunity. This is what HTI stands for. We love to serve communities in HUBZone areas and make a difference one Chromebook at a time. If you’d like to be a part of this movement, please visit to learn more about donating to support this mission.