Office Depot Foundation Introduces Exciting New Sackpack Designs for 2012
In 2012, the Office Depot Foundation – the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot® 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 crayons. 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 before.”
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 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.
Building on the success of its 11-year-old, award-winning National Backpack Program, the Office Depot Foundation plans to donate 400,000 new school sackpacks in seven colorful designs this year to help children around the world succeed in school. These totally new sackpacks, which were specially designed for the Foundation, are more versatile than backpacks. Highly contemporary in their design, they 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’ve 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 very cool sackpacks to more children in a single year than ever before.” Made from the same sturdy material as backpacks, the new sackpacks are water-resistant and lined to provide extra protection for their contents. They feature strong ropes and have no metal parts.
The sackpacks come in seven different two-color combinations, each of which is highlighted by a unique print designed to match the color scheme. Each sackpack contains a zippered pouch containing essential school supplies. Three new designs are being introduced this year.
Intended primarily for use by students in grades K-5, the sackpacks also are suitable for older children, thus allowing the Foundation to expand the impact of this program in 2012. The sackpack is compact and stores flat, yet still offers plenty of room for books and other school items. The sackpacks will be donated throughout the summer as the Foundation launches the 12th year of its National Backpack Program. Every Office Depot store in the United States will receive 50 sackpacks to give to non-profit organizations and schools in the community. In addition, sackpacks will be donated through approximately 30 “Back-to-School Celebration” events in key Office Depot markets during the summer, as well as to a number of national non-profits serving children in the U.S. and, increasingly, around the world.
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.
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