Theresa's Mixed Nuts: 2014 Office Depot Foundation National Backpack Program Helps Children with Needed School Supplies

Friday, September 12, 2014

2014 Office Depot Foundation National Backpack Program Helps Children with Needed School Supplies

 *Disclosure- I received a sample product to help facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.


Starting the school year can be an exciting time for most students. It's a time for new beginnings, making new friends, and learning new things. But it can also be a challenging time for families when money is tight. Even though we live in a great nation that offers free education, there are still expenses associated with sending our children to school. They need so many supplies -  backpacks, paper, pens, rulers, folders... Those expenses can really start to add up, and some families simply can not afford to send their children to school with those much needed supplies. Children should be worrying about getting good grades, and not worrying about if they are going to have the tools necessary to achieve those grades. The Office Depot Foundation is doing their part to make sure many children are going to start the year off on the right foot by sending them to school with the necessary supplies needed to have a successful school year.

Office Depot Foundation


In 2014, The Foundation is donating 350,000 sackpacks throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, as well as many other countries. The sackpacks come in 7 different colors, and are specially designed with fun new patterns for 2014. Each sackpack contains a pen, pencil, 4 crayons, pencil sharpener, eraser, 6 inch rule, and a zippered pencil pouch. 

Office Depot Sackpack

There are NO Office Depot or Office Depot Foundation logos or markings on the bags, with the exception of the removable paper tag. They want children to feel proud to carry the sackpacks, without the risk of being stigmatized by something that could be identified as an act of charity. My girls thought the designs were trendy and stylish, and a whole lot of fun!


The Office Depot Foundation has given away more than 3 million sackpacks since its inception 14 years ago. This year they will be giving away another 350,000 sackpacks to those in need.



Here is a short 2 minute video on the program. It's beautiful to see how happy the children are to receive their sackpacks!


If you would like to learn more about The Office Depot Foundation, please visit their website.



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One lucky Theresa's Mixed Nuts reader is going to win a Sackpack!! The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S., 18+. NO PO Boxes will be accepted. The giveaway will run through 9/26/2014. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email or a new winner will be selected.

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37 comments:

  1. That's a lovely cause, and the one with flowers is nice

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  2. That is a lot of sackpacks given away, awesome indeed

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  3. It's awesome that Office Depot is doing this. It's sad to think that some kids don't have the supplies they need.

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  4. What a great cause. I love those backpacks and if I win them... they are going with me when I travel to keep some of my must have with me things.

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  5. I love when companies give back, and this will help so many kids. Very cute backpacks, too!

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  6. 3 million? That's a lot of backpacks. And they look nice too - I'd use one!

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  7. I love these little drawstring backpacks. They are great for small items. I tried using them for books though and the thin straps dug into my arms. But, for folks that need them, something is better than nothing!

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  8. Good for Office Depot giving back.. this is not the first time i have heard of them doing so in many different ways..

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  9. Such a great cause because so many kids are headed back to school and parents are wondering how to pay for it. Our church gave out 3500 backpacks this last month! Not nearly 3 million but every bit we can do helps right! Go Home Depot!

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  10. I get my ink for my Epson all the time there. I like that supply store.

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  11. I heard about them doing this and think it is such a great thing for them to do. Kids need everything they can get to help them succeed in school.

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  12. So many kids really don't have supplies for school. I applaud Office Depot for helping children reach their full potential via education

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  13. I like the bags. They look easy to carry. I also like what Office Depot is doing, that's awesome. And I like that your girls are holding hands for the picture!

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  14. What a great program! I love the idea of giving back. The supplies are always needed by so many.

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    1. I love the idea of being able to give back too. So many parents struggle with buying school supplies.

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  15. I love this initiative because there are many families who struggle with the financial burden of buying school supplies. I'm happy to see a brand like this one taking this proactive role.

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  16. These look very fun and attractive, thanks for sharing the story with us :)

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  17. I already enjoy shopping at Office Depot and this makes me love doing so much more. Those sackpacks are wonderful and I love the designs.

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  18. It's nice when a company are doing something like this for kids.

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  19. I love that Office Depot has been doing this for a while now. Such a great way to be a blessing to kids in need.

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  20. Those backpacks are so vibrant. Glad they are helping others who need it.

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  21. Such a great way of completely getting your office supply and knowing at the same time they're doing good deeds for others as well...that's why I love the Office Depot :)

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  22. I love seeing that companies make a difference in their community. My husband's company donated a ton of loaded backpacks this year. He got to stuff 50 backpacks and take them to a low-income school in our own community.

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  23. Those are really cute sacks. And useful too - great!

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  24. I really love that they are giving kids items that don't screen "donation." I think that goes a long way to boosting their confidence. Those bags are adorable!

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  25. I like when a company gives back to a community and children. It shows they are aware of the need in our own country..

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  26. That is great to see a company give back to the community. And how cute are this sackpacks

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  27. This is fantastic! I love when companies do their part for the community - those kids will forever be affected in a positive way from this experience!

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  28. That was really thoughtful and wise of them not to brand them with their logo. It makes total sense!

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  29. These are really nice and I am sure they really make some little one's day when they receive it. I like that they don't put their logo on them also.

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  30. I love this! We have programs like that around here, but they are always labeled and the kids that actually need and utilize these programs are left feeling some kind of way because everyone knows where their stuff came from. I love that they do not do this!

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  31. I like to shop at Office Depot for printer ink.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  32. I would like to purchase a 1 tb portable hard drive from Office Depot.

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  33. I love to shop for school supplies at Office Depot the most. It is always well stocked and I do not have to deal with the crowds that are at other stores. They also run good sales and coupons.

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  34. I buy a lot of our school supplies at Office Depot. It is also the place where I always buy my printer ink cartridges and printer paper.
    Laurie Emerson
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

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