Annual supply drive helps students get tools for school

    STAPLES Canada kicks off 4th annual "Back-to-School Supply Drive" to help
    children in-need

    RICHMOND HILL, ON, Aug. 5 /CNW/ - It's back-to-school time and not all
children will be getting the most basic supplies they need to start the new
school year. That's why STAPLES Canada is once again providing their customers
across Canada with an opportunity to give the gift of education to students in
need, with the STAPLES Back-to-School Supply Drive.
    This year more than ever, donations are needed, as a recent STAPLES
survey of teachers shows close to 30 per cent of teachers expect to spend less
on school supplies for their classroom this year, than last year. The study
also found that teachers have less disposable income to spend on their
students, with 43 per cent saying they are trying to save money. The survey
was conducted by STAPLES, and questioned a panel of teachers from June 25th to
July 3rd, 2009.
    "Last year was a big success. We raised a record amount of more than
$780,000 in supplies for students who would otherwise not have basic back to
school supplies," said Alessandra Saccal, Public Relations Manager for Staples
    This year's school supply drive launches August 8 and will end on
September 12, across Canada. For the past four years, each STAPLES store
across the country selects a local charity, organization or school in need and
ensures that they receive the donations from their local community.
    "Customers can purchase and drop off new school supplies into
'Back-to-School Supply Drive' bins located inside all STAPLES stores. These
donations really make a difference for so many children." continued Saccal.

    About STAPLES Canada

    Founded in Toronto in 1991, The Business Depot Ltd./STAPLES Canada Inc.
is Canada's largest supplier of office supplies, business machines, office
furniture and business services for the small business and home office
customer. The company is an everyday low price retailer. The chain operates
stores in all provinces across Canada under the banners STAPLES Canada and
Bureau en Gros(MC). Marketing Magazine's Marketing/Leger 2008 Corporate
Reputation Survey ranked STAPLES Canada/Bureau en Gros number one among
Canada's top 100 companies surveyed in Canada. The company has over 13,500
employees serving customers through more than 300 office superstores,
catalogue, and e-commerce. STAPLES, STAPLES(R) Business Depot(TM)/Bureau en
Gros(MC) is committed to making shopping easy by offering customers three ways
to shop: online, by catalogue and in-store. More information is available at or

For further information:

For further information: or media opportunities: Alessandra Saccal,
Public Relations Manager, STAPLES, (905) 737-1147 ext.2363,; Rachel Swiednicki, Public Relations Specialist,
STAPLES, (905) 737-1147 ext. 2714,

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