Thursday, August 9, 2012
OFFICE DEPOT FOUNDATION DONATES 400,000 COOL NEW SACKPACKS IN 2012 TO HELP CHILDREN SUCCEED IN SCHOOL
OFFICE DEPOT FOUNDATION DONATES 400,000 COOL NEW SACKPACKS
IN 2012 TO HELP CHILDREN SUCCEED IN SCHOOL
National Backpack Program on Track to Serve More Than 2.9 Million Kids Since 2001
BOCA RATON, Fla. − In 2012, the Office Depot Foundation – the independent charitable
giving arm of Office Depot® (NYSE:ODP) – will donate 400,000 cool new sackpacks in seven
colorful designs to deserving children served by non-profit organizations and schools in all 50
states, Puerto Rico and internationally. Each sackpack comes with a zippered pouch containing
essential school supplies, including a pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, 6” ruler and four
The newly designed sackpacks, which are specially created for the Foundation, reflect and
respond to changes in the ways that children are taking their materials to school.
“In keeping with our mission – Listen Learn Care − we created these fun and exciting sackpacks
in response to what kids have told us they like,” says Foundation President Mary Wong. “We
are thrilled to donate these wonderful sackpacks to more children in a single year than ever
“Every year, we have seen our donations bring hope to children whose families might not be
able to afford to buy school supplies,” Wong continues. “Parents and teachers alike tell us that
we truly are helping children to build self-confidence, boost self-esteem and achieve greater
success in the classroom – all as a result of being properly prepared for school.”
The award-winning National Backpack Program is now in its 12th year. To provide sackpacks
to children this year, the Foundation is hosting more than 25 “Back-to-School Celebrations” in
cities across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico – five of which will include Tony Stewart, driver of the
No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet in the NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series™. Thousands of
sackpacks also are being donated through Office Depot stores in hundreds of local communities
and in collaboration with Office Depot’s Business Solutions Division in select cities.
Thousands more are being given to kids through the Office Depot Foundation’s partnerships
with the Tony Stewart Foundation, AARP Experience Corps, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of
America (CADCA), the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association, Feed
The Children, Food for the Poor, the Kids In Need Foundation, Zach Bonner’s Little Red Wagon
Foundation, the National Foundation for Women Legislators, Operation Homefront, Speedway
6600 North Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33496 • www.officedepotfoundation.org
Children’s Charities and Samaritan’s Feet International, which will distribute sackpacks both
nationally and overseas. For the fifth consecutive year, donations will be made to children of
the Navajo Nation in Arizona.
More information about the National Backpack Program can be found on the Office Depot
Foundation’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/officedepotfoundation. For information on
the Office Depot Foundation and its initiatives, go to www.officedepotfoundation.org/. You can
also follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.twitter.com/officedepotfndn.
About the Office Depot Foundation
The Office Depot Foundation is an independent foundation − tax exempt under IRC Sec. 501(c)
(3) − that serves as the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot, Inc. In keeping
with its mission, Listen Learn Care®, the Foundation supports a variety of programs that help
children succeed in school and in life; enable civil society (non-profit) organizations to become
more efficient and effective; help people and businesses prepare for disasters, then recover
and rebuild afterwards; strengthen local communities through grants, product donations and
volunteerism; and encourage community development through entrepreneurship and economic
innovation. For more information, visit www.officedepotfoundation.org.
By the end of this year, Office Depot and the Office Depot Foundation will have donated
more than 2.9 million backpacks and sackpacks to deserving children.
This is a great thing, and I would like to thank Office Depot, for the sacks, I am donating them to needy children in our school district, I am sure they will just love it! I love what Office Depot is doing with this program, and I will support them in any way.
Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . I received 3 sacks which I am donating to those in need to keep up with the good will gesture Office Depot has. No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement and Testimonials in Advertising .