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'Do Something' calls for donations of school supplies

Screenwriter and "Twilight" star Nikki Reed helps promote supply drive

Posted: August 13, 2010 11:51 a.m.
Updated: August 16, 2010 12:06 p.m.
 

For the third annual National Staples/Do Something 101 School Supply Drive, DoSomething.org and Staples, together with actress and screenwriter Nikki Reed, encourage Santa Clarita teens to make a difference this summer by collecting school supplies and dropping them off at their local Staples store until Sept. 18.

In addition, Staples customers can get involved by donating $1 at any Staples store with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Santa Clarita students in need.

All school supplies and donations will be given to the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley to ensure they get into the hands of disadvantaged youth during the new school year.

"Do Something 101 has done an amazing job in its first two years, and I'm excited to make the 2010 campaign the best yet," said Reed. "Every donated pencil, notebook and other supplies can add up to make a big difference in improving education."

During the first two Do Something 101 school supply drives, Staples and DoSomething.org, with the help from celebrity supporters Jordin Sparks and Ciara, raised more than $750,000. To build on this success and help kick off the 2010 campaign, Reed is starring in a public service announcement (PSA) that will air on television and radio stations nationwide through September.

Staples is also donating more than $125,000 worth of school supplies to the program.

"Since 2008, Do Something 101 has inspired teens and Staples customers to help students in need who cannot afford basic school supplies," said Jevin Eagle, executive vice president of merchandising and marketing at Staples.

"Staples is committed to making a difference in the community, and we hope to continue to build awareness for Do Something 101 to help hundreds of thousands of students succeed in school."

Santa Clarita teens who want to get involved can go to DoSomething101.org for ideas on how to run local school supply drives and to sign up for an action kit. Whether holding a school supply drive at summer camp, during a summer sports league, or at a neighborhood block party, DoSomething.org and Staples offer tips, resources, and flyers for how to get started and make the most of every teen's summer.

"DoSomething.org empowers teens to take action in their communities," said Nancy Lublin, CEO and Chief Old Person at DoSomething.org. "Staples has been a fantastic supporter for the past several years and we're thrilled to continue the relationship, and the Do Something 101 campaign, to provide young people with even more opportunities to rock social change with their friends this summer."

To further demonstrate support for DoSomething.org, new for 2010, Staples is launching a line of DoSomething.org-inspired products that students can use to keep organized and learn about important issues impacting their communities.

Students can visit dosomething101.org/staples for additional information and suggestions to help them take action in their communities.

About DoSomething.org:
DoSomething.org believes teenagers have the power to make a difference. We leverage communications technologies to enable teens to convert their ideas and energy into positive action. We inspire, empower and celebrate 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 dosomething.org.

About Staples:
Staples, the world's largest office products company, is committed to making it easy for customers to buy a wide range of office products and services. Our broad selection of office supplies, electronics, technology and office furniture as well as business services, including computer repair and copying and printing, helps our customers run their offices efficiently.

With 2009 sales of $24 billion and 91,000 associates worldwide, Staples operates in 25 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia serving businesses of all sizes and consumers. Staples invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today ranks second worldwide in e-commerce sales. The company is headquartered outside Boston.

More information about Staples is available at staples.com/media.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America:
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has enabled young people, especially those who need clubs most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, some 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs serve more than 4.2 million young people through club membership and community outreach.

Clubs can be found throughout the country and on U.S. military installations worldwide, providing young people 6-18 years old with guidance-oriented character development programs conducted by trained, professional staff. Key programs emphasize leadership development; education and career exploration; community service; technology training; financial literacy; health and life skills; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; and family outreach. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.

The local Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley was formed in 1968 and now serves more than 2,700 youth.

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