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Press release from CNW Group

Giving Back to Students: Staples Canada Donates Over $1.3 Million in School Supplies

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Giving Back to Students: Staples Canada Donates Over $1.3 Million in School Supplies12:59 EDT Wednesday, September 12, 2012Going Back-to-School Just Got Easier for Many Canadian StudentsTORONTO, Sept. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Staples' 7th annual School Supply Drive helped raise over $1.3 million in supplies for Canadian Students - beating last year's record - and ensuring that many Canadian students begin their academic year with everything they need to succeed."Investing in school supplies is symbolic of how we as Canadians can support our future leaders," said Steve Matyas, president of Staples Canada. "Every student deserves to feel empowered - providing the tools to help them do that means we've done our job."This year, Staples retail locations partnered with more than 250 organizations and school boards in local communities across Canada to help students. In Quebec, Bureau en Gros locations supported Le Club des Petits Déjeuners, a breakfast club that assists children."Reaching over $1 million dollars in donations is remarkable. It demonstrates how important education is to our customers and our company," said Matyas. "We are grateful to our customers for their generosity, and proud of our associates for working so hard to make this program successful."The fundraiser ran from July 29 to September 9 across all Staples/Bureau En Gros locations in Canada.Each year, Staples Canada together with customers gives over two and a half million dollars in charitable donations. The company's community programs, including the School Supply Drive; "Give a Toonie. Share a Dream." Special Olympics campaign; Five Million-Cartridge Challenge, and Recycle for Education campaign are all part of the Staples 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 330+ stores and at their head office in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Ranked as one of Canada's top ten Canadian companies in Marketing Magazine's Marketing/Leger 2011 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 also is 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, or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.SOURCE: Staples Canada Inc.For further information: Valerie Outmezguine / Public Relations Specialist / Staples Canada 905.737.1147 x 2426 / valerie.outmezguine@staples.ca