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Press release from CNW Group

Staples Canada helps give over one-million dollars to Canadian students

Monday, September 19, 2011

Staples Canada helps give over one-million dollars to Canadian students09:00 EDT Monday, September 19, 2011RICHMOND HILL, ON, Sept. 19, 2011 /CNW/ - Staples Canada announced today that its annual School Supply Drive raised over one-million dollars for schools across the country. The record results are thanks to the generosity of so many loyal Canadian Staples customers.Staples launched the School Supply Drive, with hopes of encouraging local communities to help support the cause. The first School Supply Drive was rolled out in one of Staples' Ottawa stores in 2004, and its success influenced a quick expansion to all 320+ locations in Canada. This year, with the help of customers, Staples Canada successfully distributed school supplies valued at over one-million dollars to Canadian schools, providing students-in-need with an opportunity to start the school year off with all the right tools."In today's economy, we know that parents have a hard time ensuring their kids are equipped with the right supplies for school. We know that many Canadian families have difficulty purchasing the necessary supplies, due to financial constraints. Now, more than ever, we feel a responsibility to encourage our customers to help us be the best corporate citizens we can be. We never want to stop working hard to give back to our communities and our customers," said Steve Matyas, president of Staples Canada. "The School Supply Drive allows Staples to contribute within the community, where it counts the most."The School Supply Drive is Staples' most successful fundraiser. In its sixth year of operation, the drive continues to grow and its success is based on strong, local community relations. Each Staples/Bureau En Gros location chooses a local charity that focuses on providing students with the school supplies they need, while ensuring that donations collected by each store remain local. Customers can feel proud and confident that their contributions are used within their local communities."To reach an overall total of over a million dollars is quite extraordinary. It shows how good natured Canadians are in helping each other," said Steve Matyas. "We are so grateful to our customers for their generosity."Annually, Staples Canada, together with customer support, gives over two-million dollars in charitable donations. The company's many community programs, including The Staples School Supply Drive, The Million-Cartridge Challenge, The Special Olympics Give a Toonie. Share a Dream campaign and Recycle for Education are all part of its community@work corporate giving initiative. For more information, visit www.staples.ca/communityAbout Staples CanadaStaples, Canada's largest office products company, is committed to providing Canadians with a wide choice of office services and products. Serving all types of business—from the small home office to large enterprise—Staples makes it easy for customers to operate their offices efficiently and affordably by offering an extensive selection of office supplies, technology, electronics and office furniture as well as business services, including computer repair and maintenance, and copy and print services. Operating as Bureau en GrosMC in the province of Quebec and Staples® Canada in all other provinces, the company employs over 15,000 associates at 320+ stores and at their head office in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Ranked as one of Canada's top five Canadian companies in Marketing Magazine's Marketing/Leger 2010 Corporate Reputation Survey, Staples/Bureau en Gros is dedicated to offering customers the highest level of service, whether they choose to shop in-store, by catalogue or online. Staples Canada/Bureau en Gros is also invested in a number of corporate giving programs that actively support environmental, educational and entrepreneurial initiatives in Canadian communities from coast to coast. Visit www.staples.ca for more information, and follow us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/StaplesCanada and on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/StaplesCanadaFor further information: Rachel Swiednicki     Public Relations Specialist    STAPLES CANADA     (905) 737-1147 x2714     rachel.swiednicki@staples.ca   Alessandra Saccal-Tremblay Public Relations Manager STAPLES CANADA (905) 737-1147x2363  alessandra.saccal@staples.ca