|Staples Introduces a Limited-Edition Staples Easy Button this Holiday Season, Designed by a Boys & Girls Club Member|
Staples Will Donate Up to $100,000 of the Sales of the
Limited-Edition Staples Easy Button to Boys & Girls Clubs of America
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 12, 2007--Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) is adding "easy" to this year's Holiday gift list by offering a limited-edition Staples(R) Easy Button(TM). The base of this new and unique Staples Easy Button was designed by a 14-year-old, Janisha Thomas, from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City. Janisha's artwork, called "Staples(R) Middle School," features a school-themed design, with supplies and products, sports gear, and a computer station. Competing with hundreds of other Club members across the country, Janisha won a $1,500 gift card to Staples and the honor of having her design on the base of the first-of-its-kind limited-edition Staples Easy Button. The button will be available starting this holiday season at Staples stores nationwide and on Staples.com ($4.99).
"Janisha wowed us by the creativity and talent displayed in her design," said Jevin Eagle, executive vice president of merchandising, Staples, Inc. "At Staples, we have a long-standing relationship with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and this limited-edition Staples Easy Button is a great 'gift that gives back' for anyone on your holiday list."
Staples will donate up to $100,000 beyond its current $1 million contribution each year from its charitable arm, Staples Foundation for Learning, to Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) based on sales of this exclusive, limited-edition Staples Easy Button. Staples Foundation for Learning focuses its annual contribution on the organization's Torch Club program, which provides character building and leadership skills programs for youth ages 11 to 13.
"We are very proud of Janisha," said Roxanne Spillett, president of BGCA. "This project really exemplified her hard work, artistic abilities and creativity. We're also very thankful to Staples for providing this opportunity to our kids and for their continued support of our organization."
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) comprises a national network of more than 4,000 neighborhood-based facilities, with 4.8 million youth served through Club membership and community outreach, in all 50 states and on U.S. military bases worldwide. Known as "The Positive Place for Kids," the Clubs provide guidance-oriented character development programs on a daily basis for children 6-18 years old, conducted by a full-time professional staff. Key Boys & Girls Club programs emphasize leadership development, education and career exploration, financial literacy, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation, and family outreach. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.
About Staples Inc.
Staples, Inc. invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today is the world's largest office products company. With 74,000 talented associates, the company is committed to making it easy to buy a wide range of office products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. With 2006 sales of $18.2 billion, Staples serves consumers and businesses ranging from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in 22 countries throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates more than 1,900 office superstores and also serves its customers through mail order catalog, e-commerce and contract businesses. More information is available at www.staples.com.
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