To help deserving children like these start school on the right foot, the Office Depot Foundation donated 5,000 colorful new sackpacks containing essential school supplies to nonprofit organizations, schools and agencies in the Atlanta area during a special back-to-school celebration on Wednesday, July 23. Communities In Schools of Atlanta received a donation of 245 sackpacks which included a pouch containing a pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, ruler and four crayons.
A number of donations to local school districts were made in collaboration with the Office Depot Business Solutions Division.
In 2014, the Foundation will donate 350,000 sackpacks to children in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and a number of other countries through its National Backpack Program, which is now in its 14th year. During the past seven years alone, this award-winning initiative has made a difference to more than 32,000 Atlanta-area kids.
By the end of this year, Office Depot and the Office Depot Foundation will have given away more than 3.3 million backpacks and sackpacks since the National Backpack Program began in 2001.
"Each and every year, the smiles on the faces of the children who receive our sackpacks and school supplies warm our hearts," Office Depot Foundation President Mary Wong said. "We are so proud to know that we have made a difference to 3.3 million kids-- and grateful to Office Depot and our many supporters for giving us the opportunity to continue this program for its 14th year."
The nonprofit organizations, schools and agencies scheduled to receive sackpacks included:
* Atlanta Public Schools
* CHRIS Kids
* DeKalb County School District
* Fulton County Schools
* CaringWorks (with children)
* City of Refuge (with children)
* Cobb County Schools
* Easter Seals North Georgia
* Georgia Alliance to End Homelessness
* Gwinnett County Schools
* Safehouse Outreach
* She Will Inc.
* Spirit and Truth Worship Center (with children)
* Summerhill Community Ministries
* Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence