Pay it Forward: Man fixes laptops and gives them to people in need for free

Pay it Forward: Man fixes laptops & gives them to people in need for free (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) Michael Lantz is a computer expert.

After battling lymphoma, Lantz wanted to do something to give back.

So he decided to give laptops to people who otherwise can't afford one.

"That's the goal is to kind of open some doors for people," Lantz said.

He calls his nonprofit Computers to Give.

He started it while living in Detroit, but recently moved to Utah to be closer to family.

"To date, we've given out 146," Lantz said of the computers he's donating in both states.

Lantz collects donated laptops, or even buys them himself, and fixes everything up.

"I don't like to give anything to anybody that I know is going to fail," he said.

He spends hours on each computer, depending on what work it needs.

"It's a little bit of a science, it's a little bit of an art," he said.

And if someone calls him and they are in need, he usually gives it to them with no questions asked.

"I don't judge people. If they need it, you can have it," he said. "It's been a wonderful blessing."

Lantz sells parts on eBay in order to get more money for other parts and computers.

Mountain America Credit Union donated $500 to Computers to Give to help him get more supplies.

Lantz is looking for more computers, especially from corporations. Laptops are preferred.

If you want to donate a computer or want to let him know about a family in need, you can visit the Computers to Give website or Facebook page.