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Office Depot's Charitable Mission Statement

Office Depot seeks to enhance quality of life in the communities in which we operate and to serve humanity by supporting and inspiring involvement with causes that make a profound social impact. We are committed to Caring and Making a Difference, with particular emphasis on "Taking Care of Kids."

Now in its sixth year, Office Depot's "National Backpack Program" provides "at-risk" school children with a new backpack for the upcoming school year. Our goal is to make a difference in the communities where we operate and do business.

In 2006, we will once again provide 300,000 backpacks to children ages 5-12 in North America and internationally. This year, backpacks will be distributed through several national charities focused on education, disaster relief, violence and domestic abuse, many of which actively work with local schools and non-profit organizations nationally.

In the coming weeks, we will provide further details about the distributing organizations.

IMPORTANT: In the past, we have accepted individual applications from schools, non-profit organizations and school districts and shipped directly to hundreds of organizations each year.

Unfortunately, due to the overwhelming demand in recent years as well as rising freight costs, we will no longer be able to accept applications through the website, nor will written requests be accepted as we are unable to ship directly to benefiting organizations.

However, each of our retail stores will be provided with an allocation of backpacks. We encourage you to reach out to local Office Depot Stores in your community. Please understand their allocations cannot serve everyone, but we will do all we can to assist organizations that have received backpacks in recent years.

We appreciate your understanding of this program change, which was necessary in order to streamline the distribution process of backpacks so that we can continue offering our signature program, which helps our most important asset in America: Our Children.

Thank you!

The Office Depot Community Relations Team

Testimonials from Non-Profit Organizations

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