Metro by T-Mobile store raffling 4 tablets, free internet to kids in need

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Metro by T-Mobile store raffling 4 tablets, free internet to kids in need
Photo by Mike Kinney

Unlimited Wireless Metro at T-Mobile in Richmond is raffling off four tablets, each with unlimited Internet service paid for one year, to four students in need in the community.

The family-owned store at San Pablo and Esmond avenues plans to raffle off two tablets to members of the general community who might need the tablet and internet service for their education, with the other two raffle prizes going to families served by the Bay Area Rescue Mission and Greater Richmond Interfaith Program.

To enter the raffle, students must come to the store at 12800 San Pablo Ave. with their parent or guardian to fill out a raffle ticket form over the next five days. Raffle winners will be announced March 15. Students from ages 10 to 15, in the middle or high school range, are encouraged to apply, but the store’s owners say they don’t want to discourage a family in need from entering the raffle if their child is younger or older.

Each tablet will come with a case and protective glass so that it lasts the child as long as possible, along with a one-year warranty through the company.

The Richmond store is known for holding charitable community events, including annual toy giveaways and free pictures with Santa Claus during the holidays.

Isa Hammand and his brother Ian, who operate the store, say they’d love to help everyone in the community with their latest effort, but hope the raffle will support neighbors that direly need it.

“My brother and I come from a poverty-stricken area of Northeast Ohio,” Isa Hammand said. “Growing up we only wished we had the same resources and opportunities that kids from other areas had.” 

He added, “Help always starts with those that are around us, so we feel it is important to reach back to community…Here in Richmond, we only have each other, and we will do our best to always be a place that our community can count on.”