Office Depot Foundation Help Children Start School Year Right
This year marks the 14th year of its award-winning National Backpack Program. This year the Office Depot Foundation is donating 350,000 school sackpacks in seven brand new, colorful designs this year to help children around the world succeed in school.
Office Depot and the Office Depot Foundation will have donated more than 3.3 million backpacks and sackpacks to deserving children by the end of this year. The sackpacks, which have been completely reimagined for 2014, feature seven kid-friendly designs – two for boys, two for girls and three that are unisex. Each sackpack holds a zippered pouch containing essential school supplies – a pen, a pencil, four crayons, a pencil sharpener, an eraser and a 6-inch ruler.
The sackpacks are designed in a stylish way that kids can carry it around and not worry about it having any Office Depot or Office Depot Foundation branding or logos. Which I think is great because it leaves one less thing for the children to worry about when they are going to school or just hanging with friends.
The specially designed sackpacks are manufactured exclusively for the Foundation. Highly contemporary in their design, they reflect and respond to changes in the ways that children are taking their materials to school. Made from the same sturdy material as backpacks, they are water-resistant and lined to provide extra protection for their contents. They feature strong ropes and have no metal parts. I received two of the sackpacks and they are very strong and durable. Each sack is able to hold the basic pocket folder, a composition notebook and a few school supplies, which is exactly what my young kids use each day for school. We donated our sacks to my kid’s school at Back to School night. They will go home with children who need them for the school year. The sackpacks are intended primarily for use by students in grades K-5, they are also suitable for older children, who use them in a variety of ways. The sackpack is compact and stores flat, yet still offers plenty of room for books and other school items.
The sackpacks are being donated throughout the summer as the Foundation carries out the 14th year of its National Backpack Program. Every Office Depot and OfficeMax store in the United States has received approximately 50 sackpacks to give to nonprofit organizations and schools in their communities. In addition, sackpacks are being donated through more than 35 Back-to-School Celebration events in key Office Depot markets during the summer, as well as in collaboration with nine national nonprofits serving children in the U.S. and around the world:
- AARP Experience Corps
- Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
- National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association
- Feed The Children
- Food For The Poor
- Kids In Need Foundation
- National Foundation for Women Legislators
- Operation Homefront
- Samaritan’s Feet International
If you are in need of school supplies for your children be sure to check out the foundation’s website to find distribution locations near you.
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 give children tools to succeed in school and in life; build the capacity of non-profit organizations through collaboration and innovation; and help communities prepare for disasters, as well as recovering and rebuilding afterwards. For more information, visit www.officedepotfoundation.org.
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