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For the 13th Year, the Office Depot Foundation National Backpack Program Equips Children in Need for Back-to-School

Thank you to the Office Depot Foundation for providing sample products for us to donate to our elementary school community.  All opinions expressed are my own.

I've share about the Office Depot Foundation National Backpack Program during previous years and am happy to report that 300,000 backpacks will be provided to children in need for this back-to-school season.  I am always happy to support a retailer who gives back to the community, especially when it is in support of education because every child deserves an equal chance at succeeding in school.

To tell you the truth, when I think about charitable programs that support education, I always think they are doing good somewhere.  I don't associate such programs with my own community because our school is not a high-poverty school.  After a brief conversation with our school principal, however, I learned that there are many families in our school who cannot afford to buy basic school supplies for their children.  How can a child succeed in school without writing utensils, notebooks, and something with which to carry their books back and forth?  My family is quite far from being wealthy, so I am very conscious of how much it costs to equip 3 children with everything they need to start off a new school year.  I am very thankful to be able to donate 3 sackpacks complete with filled pencil cases, provided by the Office Depot Foundation, to our school.  Hopefully they will make going to school a little bit easier for 3 children this fall.

To learn more about how you can support the National Back Program and other Office Depot Foundation projects, visit, as well as their pages on Facebook and Twitter.