Office Depot Foundation is Making a Difference!
For the past 16 years, the Office Depot Foundation has been giving children important tools they need to succeed in school – and in life – at the beginning of the new school year. If you have kids or grandkids, you know how expensive backpacks and school supplies are. In our town, residents can donate supplies, backpacks and water bottles to our Local Project Backpack. Last year, my son and I donated over a dozen new backpacks. I was so excited when Office Depot Foundation sent me SEVEN of these colorful SackPacks! That’s SEVEN kids who will have a colorful SackPack of their own!
In 2016, the Foundation – the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot®(NASDAQ:ODP) – is celebrating the 16th year of its award-winning National Backpack Program by donating 200,000 colorful new sackpacks to nonprofit organizations, schools and agencies across the United States and internationally.
By the end of 2016, Office Depot and the Office Depot Foundation will have given away more than 4 million backpacks and sackpacks since the National Backpack Program began in 2001. How amazing is that?
“We believe that every child should have the opportunity to go to school with dignity and hope,” says Office Depot Foundation President Mary Wong. “For most children, the first day of school is an exciting time complete with new clothes and back-to-school gear. But for kids in families where money is tight, the experience can be just the opposite. The sackpacks and school supplies we donate help to level the playing field and give these wonderful children a reason to stand just a little bit taller.”
The specially designed, drawstring-style sackpacks come in seven bright and colorful designs – several of which are new for 2016. Each one includes a zippered pouch containing a pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, six-inch ruler and four crayons. The sackpacks do not have any Office Depot Foundation or Office Depot logos or markings.
Which design is your favorite? Mine is the Flowers, butterflies, fish with Love Hearts. I’m so excited that there are designs that both boys and girls will love!
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