I received some backpack sackpacks from Office Depot to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed here are my own.
Summer is almost over, and the first day of the school year is an exciting time, complete with new clothes and back-to-school gear. But for kids in families where money is tight, the experience can be just the opposite. For the last 16 years, the Office Depot Foundation has been giving children important tools. Supplies that they need to succeed in school and in life at the beginning of the new school year. Ensuring that no child gets left behind is a key part of making sure that kids start the school year off right.
This year is no exception. In 2016, the Foundation the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot is celebrating the 16th year of its award-winning National Backpack Program. It will be donating 200,000 colorful new sackpacks to nonprofit organizations, schools and agencies across the United States and internationally.
The office Depot Foundation sent me a selection of sackpacks to donate to my local school or charity. The drawstring-style sackpacks come in seven bright and colorful designs. 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, so no children will feel singled out.
By the end of 2016, Office Depot and the Office Depot Foundation will have given away more than 4 million backpacks and sackpacks. All since their National Backpack Program began in 2001.
The National Backpack Program
For more information about the National Backpack Program, visit the Office Depot Foundation’s Facebook page at 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.. To learn more about the Office Depot Foundation and its initiatives, go to