Major donation helps kids start off school right

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Most children look forward to the beginning of the new school year, but for kids in families where money is tight, this can be a challenging time.

To help children start school on the right foot, the Office Depot Foundation donated 4,000 colorful new backpacks, containing essential school supplies to nonprofit organizations, schools and agencies in the Indianapolis area.  During the past seven years alone, this award-winning initiative has made a difference to more than 32,000 Indianapolis-area kids.

By the end of this year, Office Depot and the Office Depot Foundation will have given away more than 3.3 million backpacks and backpacks since the National Backpack Program began in 2001.

The nonprofit organizations, schools and agencies scheduled to receive backpacks include:

· Children's Bureau

· Covering Kids and Families

· Family Fun Filled

· Indianapolis School District

· Indianapolis Urban League

· Indy BackPack Attack

· Metropolitan School District of Perry Township · Salvation Army, Ruth Lily Women and Children's Center · Women Like Us Foundation

The backpacks come in seven bright and colorful designs that are totally new for 2014. Each one includes a zippered pouch containing a pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, six-inch ruler and four crayons.