A month ago I wrote a post about making back packs for kids in need. We love to do this for our community and we found out that Office Depot feels the same way. The sad reality is many families can’t afford the items needed for back to school time. Making a difference to change this is The Office Depot Foundation and its National Backpack Program, which over the past 12 years has provided more than 2.9 million backpacks to children around the world.
This year, to mark the 13th anniversary of the National Backpack Program, the Office Depot Foundation will donate 300,000 backpacks with essential school supplies to deserving children in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and internationally. By the end of 2013, Office Depot and the Office Depot Foundation will have donated more than 3 million backpacks and sackpacks since the inception of the program in 2001. But while these numbers are very large, the sackpacks make an impact on a singular level − one child at a time.
They sent me samples of this year’s sackpacks designed in six different color combinations with kid-friendly graphics. Each one includes a zippered pouch containing a pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, 6” ruler and four crayons. They do not have any Office Depot Foundation or Office Depot logos or markings. I just received them, which is fine with me. I’d rather they put their efforts into giving to their resources than making sure I had mine in time for back to school. I can always find someone still in need.
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