Office Depot Foundation Donates 100,000 Sackpacks With School Supplies In 17th Year of Its National Backpack Program @OfficeDepotFndn

More Than 4 Million Sackpacks Donated to Kids Around The World Since 2001

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Boca Raton, Fla., June 21, 2017For the past 17 years, the Office Depot Foundation has donated more than 4 million sackpacks to children around the world as part of its National Backpack Program. This summer, the Foundation, which is the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot, Inc., will be donating 100,000 colorful new sackpacks to nonprofit organizations, schools and agencies across the United States and internationally.

 

“It is our mission to make sure that every child has the right tools to achieve success in school,” said Mary Wong, president of the Office Depot Foundation. “School is challenging enough on its own, and when you’re unable to come prepared with the basic essentials for learning, it’s nearly impossible. We want to give every kid a fair chance.”

 

To deliver sackpacks directly to children, the Foundation is hosting Back-to-School celebrations in select cities across the U.S. in July and August. This year, in addition to donating sackpacks to children who need them most, the Foundation is highlighting the importance of STEM and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) programs in our nation’s schools. To encourage kids to explore these important curriculums, the Foundation has partnered with Captain Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, America’s first African American female combat pilot, who will make special guest appearances at the Foundation’s Back-To-School celebrations in Los Angeles and Chicago.

 

Thousands more sackpacks are being given to kids through the Office Depot Foundation’s continuing partnerships with a number of nonprofit organizations serving children nationally and globally. The Foundation is collaborating with Food For The Poor, Feed the Children, the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association, the National Foundation for Women Legislators and the AARP Foundation.

 

The specially designed, drawstring-style sackpacks come in seven bright and fun colors. Each one includes a zippered pouch containing a pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, six-inch ruler and four crayons.

 

More information about the National Backpack Program can be found on the Office Depot Foundation’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/officedepotfoundation. To learn more about the Office Depot Foundation and its initiatives, go to www.officedepotfoundation.org/. You can follow the Foundation on Twitter @OfficeDepotFndn; the National Backpack Program’s hashtag is #ODFcares. The Foundation is also on Instagram: @officedepotfoundation.

 

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 nonprofit 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.

Aloha from Tommee Tippee – new products!

Tommee Tippee is saying “aloha” to a line of new products, in cute and colorful styles for summer! With a range of sippy cups for transitioning little ones, and pacifiers perfect for night time, the new products makes life and feeding easier for families.

Aloha Sippee Cups

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Aloha! Surf on into hydration with Hawaiian Adventure cups, perfect for a relaxing (or crazy) day at the beach. With adorable surf and ocean inspired designs your little one can be ocean ready whatever the season.
18- 36 Month Nighttime Paci  a2
Say goodbye to the nightly crawl around the nursery floor looking for dropped pacifiers, with these glow in the dark Night Time pacifiers. Available in adorable and trendy shields, babies love the “just like mom” natural nipple.
Tuff Stuff Stainless Steel Cup  a3
For rough, tumbling toddlers, who love to climb, slide and throw! Tuff Stuff stainless steel cups are tough enough to handle everything little ones can throw at them!
First Sips Soft Transition  a4
The First Sips Soft Transition cup perfect for the transition from bottle to cup. Once handling skills improve, the handles can easily detach for big kid drinking.

Travel Must-Haves to Keep Babies Smiling

While tiny babies are oh-so-cute, it’s also crucial to keep them oh-so-happy, especially when traveling. These fabulous products will make travel with an infant much more seamless and fun so you can hopefully all sleep well at night!

Ride Safely in Style

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Coming soon: The Evolution Pro 2 Infant Car Seat by Kiddy USA introduces some game-changing technology into the car seat equation. It is the only infant car seat that offers a lie-flat position when the car seat is being used either inside OR outside the car. Engineered in Germany with incomparable safety features, the Evolution Pro 2 is perfect for preemies and newborns whose neck muscles have not fully developed and that have other medical or respiratory needs. Available in 8 colors. For Birth +. MSRP: $499.99. Available online at www.BuyBuyBaby.com

Play Time

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Babies will say roar with the Adorable Roary Lion My First Activity Friend for Baby from Playgro. He comes with a C clip for easy attachment to stroller and car seats, makes a ‘growling’ sound when you move him around, special crinkle sounds in the mane, different textures to explore and hanging click-clack plastic rings. Roary loves to roar and play with any on the go baby! For ages 0+.  MSRP: $14.99. Available online at www.Amazon.com

Feeding Made Simple

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COMING SOON: Feeding reinvented! Nanobébé is the first and only bottle designed to deliver more breastmilk nutrients to your baby. Not only that, its unique shape allows you to speed up prep time and calm your crying baby. MSRP: $69.99 (Back to Work Set)  www.nanobebe.com

 

Say No to Germs

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Clean up is a breeze with the Chemical-free Stroller & Car Seat Cloth by Baby Care by e-cloth. It removes over 99% of bacteria from all hard surfaces using just water – no harmful chemicals, no chemical residue. Perfect for travel since those strollers and car seats get extra dirty, especially on planes. Plus, it is guaranteed to last for 300 machine washes.  MSRP: $7.99. Available online at www.ecloth.com/Baby-Care-by-ecloth

Cozy Up

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Miracle Baby’s Muslin Swaddle blankets are the perfect blankets to keep baby cozy without overheating. The special breathable material is lightweight, flexible, and helps regulate body temperature while also providing comfort. Parents will love the versatility of these oversized blankets and find that their uses are endless: from swaddling a naptime, to play time and feedings. For ages Birth-14 months. MSRP: $21.95-$39.95. Available online at www.miracleware.com.