Staples, Inc. : Staples, DoSomething.org and Actress/Singer Bella Thorne Team Up with Teen Choice Celebrity Attendees to Help Kids in Need
07/23/2012| 07:30am US/Eastern
5th Annual Staples for Students School
Supply Drive Benefits Students
Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) and DoSomething.org along with teen actress and
recording artist Bella Thorne teamed up with celebrities including Harry
Shum, Jr., Kendall and Kylie Jenner, JoJo, Kat Graham and teen
volunteers to stuff backpacks with school supplies for Los Angeles-area
students in need. The annual Staples for Students celebrity school
supply drive at the Globe Theater at Universal followed yesterday's Teen
Choice Awards. The event celebrated the season-long campaign that
provides a chance for teens across the country to give back to their
Bella Thorne stuffs a bag at the Staples for Students event
(Photo: Business Wire)
"I am so excited to celebrate this awesome program with my fans and
fellow celebrities with the help of Staples and DoSomething.org," said
Bella Thorne. "It's an honor to be the face of this campaign, and I
encourage everyone to get involved to collect supplies."
Led by Thorne, teen volunteers worked with celebrities to fill hundreds
of backpacks with school essentials donated by Staples. As part of the
fifth annual campaign partnering with DoSomething.org, Staples will also
provide more than $125,000 worth of supplies to students nationwide to
ensure they go back to school with the necessary supplies they need to
"The stars truly aligned for this important cause, and seeing these
celebrities in action will motivate teens to make a difference," said
Alison Corcoran, senior vice president of retail marketing at Staples.
"Staples has a long history of supporting education and is truly
inspired by the power of young people to improve local communities
across the country."
Thorne also entertained guests with the first performance of her newest
original single, "Can't Stay Away," with emerging boy-band IM5 followed
by Elton John protégé, Tallia Storm, making her U.S. debut performance.
The Staples for Students campaign also features a public service
announcement (PSA) starring Thorne airing on television and radio
stations nationwide. Staples for Students continues to accept donations
at all Staples stores nationwide through Sept. 15. Teens can get all of
the information they need to take action by visiting www.staplesforstudents.org.
Since 2008, the campaign has raised more than $2 million for hundreds of
thousands of students in need throughout the country. Past celebrity
supporters have included Jordin Sparks, Ciara, Nikki Reed and the cast
of Pretty Little Liars.
Staples supports educational and youth-oriented community efforts, from
literacy and mentoring to career skills development, through in-kind and
monetary donations and grants from Staples Foundation, the private
charitable arm of Staples, Inc. Through its community and giving
efforts, Staples and Staples Foundation have helped more than 6,000
organizations in 2,000 communities across 26 countries, including a
national partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. For more
information, visit www.staples.com/community.
EDITORIAL NOTE: For HD video footage of the Staples for
Students event, please download from this following link.
We love teens. They are creative, active, wired...and frustrated that our
world is so messed up. DoSomething.org harnesses that awesome energy and
unleashes it on causes teens care about. Almost every week, we launch a
new national campaign. The call to action is always something that has a
real impact and doesn't require money, an adult, or a car. With a goal
of 5 million active members by 2015, DoSomething.org is one of the
largest organizations in the US for teens and social change. Join us at www.DoSomething.org.
Staples is the world's largest office products company and a trusted
source for office solutions. The company provides products, services and
expertise in office supplies, copy & print, technology, facilities and
breakroom, and furniture. Staples invented the office superstore concept
in 1986 and now has annual sales of $25 billion, ranking second in the
world in eCommerce sales. With 88,000 associates worldwide, Staples
operates in 26 countries throughout North and South America, Europe,
Asia and Australia, making it easy for businesses of all sizes, and
consumers. The company is headquartered outside Boston. More information
about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com/media.
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