For children to succeed in school, they need to have the right tools: pencils, pens, crayons and such – and something to carry them in, of course. With these in hand, they can walk out the door each morning with a sense of pride – excited about the day ahead.
Unfortunately, millions of kids are far from properly equipped for school. In fact, untold numbers of youngsters head out in the morning with nothing but a plastic bag to carry their books and school supplies in – if they even have any supplies to carry.
The Office Depot Foundation has worked exceptionally hard to change this troubling reality. By donating great-looking new sackpacks containing essential school supplies to deserving children, we are giving them invaluable tools they can use to succeed in the classroom.
By the end of 2013, Office Depot and the Office Depot Foundation had helped more than 3 million children since the inception of the National Backpack Program in 2001. In 2014, the Office Depot Foundation plans to donate another 350,000 sackpacks to kids.
The sackpacks we donate are designed with kids in mind – they come in six different color combinations with kid-friendly graphics. You will not find the Office Depot Foundation’s logo anywhere on the sackpacks – except for a removable paper tag. We want to be sure that children are proud to carry the sackpacks they receive, with no risk of being stigmatized by something that clearly identifies it as an act of charity.
An important key to the success of the National Backpack Program is our collaboration with highly regarded nonprofit partners who help us connect the dots with thousands of children in all 50 states as well as internationally. Click here to learn about our 2013 national partner organizations.
To view photos from many of our 2013 Back-to-School Celebration events, visit the Office Depot Foundation page on Facebook.