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Office Depot Donates 200,000 Sackpacks To Deserving Kids

10 Aug


For the past 16 years, the Office Depot Foundation has been giving children important tools they need to succeed in school – and in life – at the beginning of the new school year. 

In 2016, the Foundation – the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot is celebrating the 16th year of its award-winning National Backpack Program by donating 200,000 colorful new sackpacks to nonprofit organizations, schools and agencies across the United States and internationally. 


By the end of 2016, Office Depot and the Office Depot Foundation will have given away more than 4 million backpacks and sackpacks since the National Backpack Program began in 2001. 


“We believe that every child should have the opportunity to go to school with dignity and hope,” says Office Depot Foundation President Mary Wong. “For most children, the first day of school is an exciting time complete with new clothes and back-to-school gear. But for kids in families where money is tight, the experience can be just the opposite. The sackpacks and school supplies we donate help to level the playing field and give these wonderful children a reason to stand just a little bit taller.”

To deliver sackpacks directly to children, the Foundation is hosting Back-to-School Celebrations in select cities across the U.S. in July and August. 


Thousands more sackpacks are being given to kids through the Office Depot Foundation’s continuing partnerships with a number of nonprofit organizations serving children nationally and globally. The Foundation is collaborating with the AARP Experience Corps, the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association, Feed the Children, Food For The Poor, the Kids In Need Foundation, the National Foundation for Women Legislators, Operation Homefront and Samaritan’s Feet International. For the eighth consecutive year, children of the Navajo Nation in Arizona will receive sackpacks.


The specially designed, drawstring-style sackpacks come in seven bright and colorful designs – several of which are new for 2016. Each one includes a zippered pouch containing a pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, six-inch ruler and four crayons. The sackpacks do not have any Office Depot Foundation or Office Depot logos or markings.

More information about the National Backpack Program can be found on the Office Depot Foundation’s Facebook page at To learn more about the Office Depot Foundation and its initiatives, go to You can follow the Foundation on Twitter @OfficeDepotFndn; the National Backpack Program’s hashtag is #ODFcares. The Foundation is also on Instagram: @officedepotfoundation.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Sackpacks were given to me. 

We’re Going Back To School With Kidz Vuz #KidzVuzBTS

28 Jul

I love Back To School events. A lot of them take place in the summer so parents and kids can get the scoop on all the latest products and fashion that they must take back and wear to school. 

Kidz Vuz Back To School was held this month and we were off to have some fun. I always tell my kids when it’s a kids event they get to network and hand out business cards while I take pics and talk with friends. That’s the easy part. I get to follow up and write all the emails. They agree of course. 

My kids will always be young at heart when it comes to Kidz Vuz events. I love kid friendly brands and enjoy seeing my kids talk to them and tell them what they like about their product. 

There were thirteen sponsors in attendance. Here are the names and you can follow them on social media: 

 Juicy Juice @JuicyJuiceUSA

Classroom Direct @ClassroomDirect

Galxyz @GalxyzLab

Galxyz is an intergalactic science adventure. It provides self-paced, fun and motivational games-based learning with the entire school science curriculum for grades 3-12.

Fin Fun @FinFunMermaid

Domain.Me @DomainME

Philips @PhilipsNA and @PhilipsSonicare

Pips Island @PipsIsland

EZ PZ Patches @EZPZPatches

BackYard Foods @backyardfoodco

Lucky Bar @pickyeatersrule

Bway Zone @BwayZone

Zandra Beauty @ZandraBeauty

Love, Hallie @love_Hallie_

LOVE HALLIE Foundation encourages young people to  get involved in the causes they care about. 

Cartoon artists made Caricatures of us and did a great job. My daughter enjoyed being in the Kidz Vuz spotlight giving her review on the Slinky. 

  And from the gift bag:

@drinktickle – yummy natural sparkling water

@baronfig – bespoke notebook

@nealbrothers – amazing potato chips

@DTailsULike – Adorable jewelry

@storyarcs – Pop Tropica and Galactic Hotdog Books

@MabelsLabels – indispensable write-away labels

@NYIscream – BackPack Squishems

@sillicandy – Awesome baking molds

These brands are going to make back to school a breeze. Kidz Vuz got us covered and we can’t wait to show you what back to school will look like. 

Disclosure: This post is not compensated. Opinions are our own 100% as always. Thank you to Kidz Vuz for the invite. We had a blast! See you next year. 


Back To School With Momtrends #momtrendsbts

23 Jul

Kids might not want to hear it but school is right around the corner. I attended Momtrends 6th Annual Back To School Event and I’ve got the scoop on everything from fashion to food and everything in between. 

Brands in attendance or in gift bags were: 

The Nanny League- Need a college educated nanny or on call sitter? Like ok no further. Check @thenannyleague on Twitter for more info.

Mabel’s Labels- Every year my kids and I look forward to labeling school supplies and clothes. Head to Twitter @mabelhood

Nalgene- Making sure my kids drinks are in a spill proof sturdy bottle and they’re lunch doesn’t get soggy or squished makes for a happy day with these products. Go to @NalgeneUSA on Instagram and stock up.

USANA-Nutritional Science @usanainc on Twitter & Instagram  

Vamousse- Non toxic- and pesticide free lice products to treat, prevent and protect children against lice. @vamousselice on Twitter.

Play-Doh- We all love play-doh. You already know the amazing things you can do with play-doh. My daughter can’t get enough of this. Head to @playdoh onTwitter. 

Chewbeads- I fell in love with these amazing chewbeads and I don’t need a baby to own them. They are colorful and go great with anything. I want them all. 100% silicone teething jewelry that’s worn by mommies. Check out @Chewbeads on Twitter for more info. 

KEEN, Inc- Outfoor footwear for the whole family. From the mountains to the city streets. @Keen on Twitter for footwear fashion. 

WallPops- Wall art, peel and stick wallpaper. Amazing wallpaper that can brighten up a room. See what @Wallpopswallart has for you on Twitter. 

Paula’s Choice- Skincare products you can feel confident about buying and using. @paulaschoice on Twitter. 

Joules-Britain’s best loved lifestyle brand. Clothing for the entire family. Take a look at the mini models below. On Twitter @joulesclothing 

Yoobi- Supplies for school, home and office. Very colorful and unique. For every Yoobi item you buy, another is donated to a classroom in need in the U.S. You must check out@Yoobigives on Twitter 

Earth’s Best- Natural and organic products for your growing baby. @EarthsBest on Twitter.

Ella’s Kitchen- Healthy and natural organic food for babies and kids. They are on Twitter @EllasKitchenUSA

Disclosure: This is a compensated post. Opinions are mine 100% as always. Gift bags were given. Thank you Momtrends for another awesome event. My kids thank you too.