STAPLES Business Depot

STAPLES Business Depot

September 09, 2008 16:15 ET

STAPLES SETS RECORD RAISES $600,000 FOR SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE

STAPLES CUSTOMERS HELP GIVE CHILDREN IN NEED THE TOOLS TO START SCHOOL WITH CONFIDENCE

Attention: Assignment Editor, Education Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 9, 2008) - Through its corporate giving program - community@work, the STAPLES "Back-to-School Supply Drive" raised over $642,200 in donations for local schools, non-profit and community groups across Canada.

"We are proud and excited about this year's results. To date, this is the largest amount we have ever raised to help children in need get a head start in school," said Steve Matyas, president of STAPLES Canada.

The "Back-to-School Supply Drive" started August 9 and ended September 7, with STAPLES stores across Canada collecting cash and school supply donations for local schools or organizations.

"This is another way STAPLES is helping communities in which we operate our stores. We want children to have the opportunity to expand their education without worrying about whether or not they will have basic supplies. The best part of this program is that donations stay within the community they are raised in," said Matyas.

A STAPLES survey of teachers shows that 34 per cent of Canadian students will start this school year without even the most basic school supplies. For three years, The STAPLES School Supply Drive has been putting basic school supplies into the hands of children who need them the most.

community@work aligns programs with STAPLES' values and vision of improving the quality of life in Canadian communities by investing in sustainability and providing leadership, innovation and partnership in the communities in which STAPLES stores operate. STAPLES supports the three "E's": Education, Environment and Entrepreneurship. For more information, please visit: www.staplesinthecommunity.ca

About STAPLES Business Depot
STAPLES Business Depot was founded in Toronto in 1991. It 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® Business Depot? and Bureau en GrosMC. Marketing Magazine's Marketing/Leger 2008 Corporate Reputation Survey ranked STAPLES Business Depot/Bureau en Gros number one among Canada's top 100 companies surveyed in Canada. The company has over 13,500 employees serving customers through 300 office superstores, catalogue, and e-commerce. STAPLES® Business Depot?/Bureau en GrosMC is committed to making shopping easy by offering customers three ways to shop: online, by catalogue and in-store. More information is available at www.staples.ca.

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