*Less than 48 hours* after the discovery of the robbery, we have almost enough donated funds to replace the stolen laptops. The messages of support and funds donated from those who could afford to (and possibly from those who couldn't really afford to) has been wonderful.
One thing it has made me see is that people really how intense attending Clarion West is, and what the students were going through already when they had the additional stress of this invasion of their workshop home. The sympathy and support has been really affecting. This is such a generous, responsive community. I'm in awe.
We will be buying the affected students new laptops in the next couple of days, and making certain they have both the software and hardware to keep writing. It's possible that donations may exceed what we need to do this, and if so, we will be returning them proportionally to the donors.
Thanks for everyone who did what they could, from passing on the word, to sending messages of support, to offering loaner machines, offering to donate machines, and sending funds for the replacement.
If you could, please pass on the word that we think we have enough donations to replace the laptops.
All I can say is thank you. Wow.