Teen Volunteers Nationwide Rally to Collect School SuppliesNEW YORK & FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Sep 22, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Grammy(R) Winning singer-songwriter Ciara,
(Nasdaq: SPLS) and DoSomething.org
announced today that the 2009
Do Something 101 national school supply drive raised more than
$630,000 in customer cash donations. Combined with the company's
$125,000 contribution of school supplies, Staples
customers also donated thousands of items such as notebooks, calculators
and other supplies for students in need.
"To hear that everyone was able to band together and raise so much for
children and education is truly exciting. I was so happy to be a part of
this campaign," says Ciara.
"There is nothing more important in a child's life than education. We
need to make sure that every child has the opportunity to learn, and
with the supplies and money that this campaign raised, we're helping to
do just that."
At one supply drive in New York, teen volunteers worked side-by-side
and celebrities Chaske Spencer of Twilight and singer Leah
Renee to stuff 5,000 bags with school essentials that were donated
to local students. In addition, Staples
customers responded generously to the opportunity to donate one dollar
at any Staples
store to help local not-for-profit organizations serving disadvantaged
students. One-hundred-percent of donations received in Staples
stores will be donated to local youth organizations.
we're all about giving young people easy ways to take action and give
back," says DoSomething.org
CEO Nancy Lublin. "Back to school is such a huge part of a teenager's
life. The fact that millions of kids live in poverty and can't afford
the school supplies they need really resonates with them."
"Teens around the country made a difference this summer by collecting
school supplies and dropping them off at Staples stores nationally,"
said Demos Parneros, president of U.S. stores at Staples.
"The level of generosity for this school year is remarkable. Every
volunteer and contributor to Do
Something 101 played a critical role in helping community youth in
need get supplies that are essential to start the school year off right."
In support of the campaign, Ciara
starred in a public service announcement (PSA) that aired on more than
9,000 television and radio stations nationwide. Staples
also established a Do
Something 101 Fan Page on Facebook that continues to raise awareness
among the teen audience, as does the "Adopt-A-Pack" Facebook application
that encourages teens to recruit their friends to donate to the cause.
DoSomething.org is the nation's largest organization dedicating to
empowering young people to take action around any cause. By leveraging
communications technologies and social media, DoSomething.org enables
teens to convert their ideas and energy into positive action. The
award-winning site inspires, empowers and celebrates a generation of
doers: teenagers who recognize the need to do something, believe in
their ability to get it done, and then take action. Plug in at www.DoSomething.org.
Staples, the world's largest office products company, is committed to
making it easy for customers to buy a wide range of office products,
including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. With
2008 sales of $23 billion and 91,000 associates worldwide, Staples
serves businesses of all sizes and consumers in 27 countries throughout
North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. In July 2008,
Staples acquired Corporate Express, one of the world's leading suppliers
of office products to businesses and institutions. Staples invented the
office superstore concept in 1986 and is headquartered outside Boston.
More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.
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