Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Record Year for Staples Tools for School Campaign

Staples Business Depot partnered with Winnipeg Harvest and the Winnipeg Goldeyes for the Staples Tools for School campaign which ran from July 19 - September 15. Winnipeg residents were encouraged to drop off school supplies at Staples Business Depot locations and Winnipeg Goldeyes games so that Winnipeg Harvest could distribute the supplies to students as they return to school.

This year proved to be a record one for Staples, as the Staples Tools for School campaign wrapped up yesterday afternoon. Staples is pleased to announce that $30,632 was raised and 2410 children were sent to school with new school supplies.

Winnipeg Harvest executive coordinator, David Northcott said, "Although we are in tough economic times, it is more critical than ever that kids move forward in their life journey standing on a solid foundation of a good education – 'Tools for School' helps us all get there.”

The retired teachers who volunteered their time to run the annual school supply drive said they know the importance of these tools in a child’s education. Without the proper tools, these children can find it difficult to complete the schoolwork that will shape their own success and the educational health of their community.

Winnipeg Harvest and the children send a huge thank you to everyone who supported the Tools for School drive this year. 
Sharon Kerdes, winner of the $1000 shopping spree, with excited Staples store managers

Sharon Kerdes, winner of the $1000 shopping spree receiving her gift card from Staples District Manager Michael Dutka.

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