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Staples Donates Over $200,000 to Greater Boston Organizations

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 18, 2007--Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS), and Staples Foundation for Learning, Inc., a private foundation created by Staples, today announced charitable donations to several organizations in Greater Boston as part of their ongoing commitment to giving back to local communities. Staples, Inc. will make a $50,000 contribution to Citizens Energy Corporation's Oil Heat Program, which provides discount heating oil to low income and elderly households throughout Massachusetts and the Northeast. Since 2004, Staples has donated a total of $105,000 to Citizens Energy.

Staples Foundation for Learning, Inc. has awarded grants totaling $167,500 to non-profit organizations throughout Greater Boston in support of local youth. Staples invited associates in their Framingham headquarters to nominate their favorite local organizations to receive funding from the foundation. These organizations support youth through a variety of programs focused on environmental stewardship, job skills, mentoring and diversity. Many groups have received previous foundation grants as this is the third year Staples associates have had the opportunity to recommend an organization to receive funding.

"Non-profit organizations that make a positive impact on youth are central to the philanthropic mission of Staples Foundation for Learning," said Joy Errico, spokesperson for Staples Foundation for Learning. "As a company headquartered in Massachusetts, it is very important for Staples to give back to organizations within the communities where a large number of our associates live and work."

Organizations receiving a grant include:

Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter School Foundation - Marlborough, MA

    Anti-Defamation League - Boston, MA

    Ashburnham Westminster Extended Day - Ashburnham, MA

    Ashland Education Foundation - Ashland, MA

    Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA - Becket, MA

    Billy Dalwin Preschool of Temple Emunah - Lexington, MA

    Boston Trinity Academy - Boston, MA

    Boston University Upward Bound - Boston, MA

    Boy Scouts of America - Norton, MA

    Boys & Girls Club of Webster/Dudley - Dudley, MA

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston - Boston, MA

    Cathy Gray Memorial Fund - Westboro, MA

    Center for Teen Empowerment - Boston, MA

    Children's Museum in Easton - North Easton, MA

    Civic Education Project - Boston, MA

    Commonwealth Children's Center - Boston, MA

    Crossroads for Kids - Duxbury, MA

    Destination Imagination of Massachusetts - Byfield, MA

    Drama-Play Connection - Waltham, MA

    Elizabeth Stone House - Jamaica Plain, MA

    Foothills Theatre - Worcester, MA

    Friendly House - Worcester, MA

    Hale Reservation - Westwood, MA

    Historic New England - Boston, MA

    House of Peace & Education - Gardner, MA

    Junior Achievement of Eastern Massachusetts - Boston, MA

    Lisa Najemy Scholarship Fund - Framingham, MA

    Medfield Afterschool Program - Medfield, MA

    Melrose Sharing and Caring - Melrose, MA

    MetroLacrosse - Dorchester, MA

    More Than Words (TeenLEEP) - Waltham, MA

    New England Center for Children - Southborough, MA

    New England SCORES - Dorchester, MA

    Newton Chinese Language School - Woburn, MA

    Our House Recreation and Computer Center - Framingham, MA

    Outdoor Explorations - Medford, MA

    Parent/Professional Advocacy League - Worcester, MA

    Partners for Youth with Disabilities - Boston, MA

    Sage School - Foxboro, MA

    Seven Hills Clinical Associates - Worcester,MA

    Shirley Educational Foundation - Shirley, MA

    South Coast Educational Collaborative - Swansea, MA

    Southborough Extended Day Program - Southborough, MA

    Steppingstone Foundation - Boston, MA

    Summit Montessori School - Framingham, MA

    Taunton Early Intervention Program - Taunton, MA

    The Bottom Line - Jamaica Plain, MA

    Wellesley ABC Program - Wellesley, MA

    Westborough Education Foundation - Westborough, MA

    Whole Children - Hadley, MA

    Wilmington Educational Foundation - Wilmington, MA

    Winthrop Improvement and Historical Association - Winthrop, MA

    Woods Memorial Library - Barre, MA

    Year Up - Boston, MA

    YOU Inc. - Worcester, MA

    Young Audiences of Massachusetts - Somerville, MA

    About Staples

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 21 countries throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates approximately 1,900 office superstores and also serves its customers through mail order catalog, e-commerce and contract businesses. More information is available at

About Staples Foundation for Learning

The mission of Staples Foundation for Learning, Inc. is to teach, train and inspire. Founded in 2002, the foundation has contributed nearly $10 million to national and local charities that provide educational opportunities and job skills for all people, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth. Staples Foundation for Learning has also developed lasting relationships with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Earth Force, Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. In addition, Staples Foundation for Learning supports Ashoka, an organization that develops and supports social entrepreneurs around the world, in eight countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and the United States. For more information about the foundation or how to apply for a grant, please visit

    CONTACT: Staples, Inc.
             Eva Pereira, 781-559-0424
             Briana Curran, 508-253-0203

    SOURCE: Staples, Inc.