In those families where money is tight, the 2014 Office Depot Foundation National Backpack Program gets kids off to a good start, with new backpacks all ready for school.  Since most children look forward to a new school year, the excitement of returning to school with new backpacks and school supplies is much anticipated.  No one wants children to come to school without supplies, or disappointed and deprived of their basic necessities.    That’s why as school is getting ready to begin around the country, the Office Depot Foundation is helping deserving children like these start school on the right foot.

In 2014, the Foundation is donating 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.  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.

The specially designed sackpacks come in seven bright and colorful designs that are new for 2014.  Each one includes a zippered pouch containing a pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, six-inch ruler and four crayons. The sackpacks do not have any Office Depot Foundation or Office Depot logos or markings.

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