With the beginning of the new school year just a few weeks away, the Office Depot Foundation is donating 1,800 colorful new “sackpacks” containing essential school supplies to kids served by nonprofit organizations and schools in Puerto Rico.
The foundation — the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot — announced the donations during a Back-to-School Celebration on Tuesday at Office Depot in San Patricio in Guaynabo.
The nonprofit organizations and schools scheduled to receive sackpacks included: Casa Dianita Muñoz; Casa La Providencia; Castillo de Angeles Inc.; Centro Comunitario Rvda. Ines J. Figueroa; Centro Cultural y de Servicios de Cantera; Colegio La Sagrada Familia; Edificio Paola Inc.; Eugenio Maria De Hostos School; Pedro Moczo Baniet School; Salvador Rodríguez School; Cabecitas Rapadas Foundation; Fundación DAR Inc.; Niños San Jorge Foundation; Hospital del Niño de Puerto Rico Foundation; and Acción Social Refugio Eterno Foundation.
In 2013, the Foundation will donate 300,000 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 13th year.
During the past three years, more than 5,000 children in Puerto Rico have benefitted from this initiative.