Titusville, FLA. – A look inside the lab at Computers Advancing Education in Titusville can be overwhelming.
The nonprofit recycles donated computers, giving them away for free to needy students.
Tucked inside the former Whispering Hills Elementary School cafeteria, volunteers repair, dismantle and rebuild laptop and desktop computers.
Monitors, hard drives and keyboards line the walls and work benches, covering nearly every inch of space.
"It's controlled chaos. That's what I call it," says founder Fremont "Freebie' Bassett.
Bassett took News 6 on a tour of the facility. "There are 28 processing tables," he says as he points across the room. "They pull it, they rebuild it, they trouble shoot it."
In 1997, after suffering a heart attack, Freebie's son suggested the two of them rebuild a computer together. It was a way to stay busy.
"My oldest son John said dad, you look bored. You need something to do. And I said okay what do we do?"