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By Johnny Johnson Modified: December 18, 2007 at 5:22 am •  Published: December 18, 2007
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/> The Tulsa Police Department agreed to let on-duty officers in marked patrol cars deliver the computers.

Organizers estimated that first delivery would be used by 120 children and would have cost about $12,000 to buy the same equipment and software.

Today, DeWeese's PC Power program has evolved into a year-round project that will provide computers for more than 750 families this year.

Ford said she's never delivered computers because she is usually behind the scenes, making sure everything runs smoothly. But she's heard the stories.

"They say the smiles on the faces of the kids can light up the whole room,” she said. "And the parents are also really grateful because they know what a big impact this can have on the lives of their children.”

Many people will recall a day when having a personal computer at home was considered a luxury, but Ford said that is no longer the case.

"Nowadays, it's pretty much a necessity,” she said. "But it's a necessity that a lot of people can't afford.”

Christmas future
It was always DeWeese's desire for PC Power to continue after he was gone, Ford said.

"This Friday, close to 85 families will receive a computer,” she said. "Our first mission is to do that for Glenn.”

After that, they can turn their attention toward mourning the loss of their friend and loved one who will be laid to rest Saturday.

As for the future of PC Power, Ford said several people have been involved in the project since the beginning, and they intend to keep it going.

"That's what Glenn would have wanted,” she said. "He had some health problems and knew he would not always be there, but this was unexpected.”

She describes her friend as someone who always put service above self.

"He was just a great person,” she said. "He always thought of others — I mean, look at this program. And on top of all of that, he was also an organ donor, so when this happened ... he was here for one reason — to help people.



Glenn DeWeese The 58-year-old retired Tulsa police officer started PC Power, which refurbishes unwanted computers and gives them to children in need. Although DeWeese died over the weekend, the organization will go on.
How to help
For more information about the North Pole Computer Project and PC Power, go to

TulsaPCPower.org.

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