New TRNL program brings internet to those affected by flooding in Merritt

The Interior Savings Internet to Go program loans laptop and hotspot equipment

A number of Chromebook laptops and Kajeet hotspot devices will be available for flood-affected residents in Merritt, thanks to a pilot program launched by the Thompson-Nicola Regional Library.

On Jan. 5, the Interior Savings Internet to Go program will make 15 Chromebooks and Kajeet hotspot devices made available to loan for up to four weeks at a time.

“We are so grateful for support from Interior Savings to help keep our residents connected, at a time when they greatly need it,” said TNRL chief librarian Judy Moore in a press release. “Laptops will be loaned at no charge, ensuring all residents are able to access the services and supports they need at this time.”

The kits are available free of charge thanks to a $20,000 donation to the TNRL Merritt branch from Interior Savings Credit Union. The funds are to aid in flood recovery efforts in the area. In total, $45,000 has been donated by the credit union.

“We know everyone will do what they can to help their neighbours through this difficult time, and we want to do our part,” said Kathy Conway, Interior Savings CEO, noting many of their staff have been affected by the floods.

Residents interested in the program can access a kit in two ways:

– In person at the Merritt Resiliency Centre, located at 1950 Mamette Ave, open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

– Online, by clicking here. Filled out forms can be sent to eoc.recovery@merritt.ca


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