Westchester area youths are encouraged to donate school supplies for the fifth annual Staples for Students drive benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Venice.

Starting this month, DoSomething.org and Staples are teaming up with teen actress and recording artist Bella Thorne, for the Staples for Students national school supply drive to help kids in need.

One local Staples store participating in the effort is in Westchester at 8704 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Items collected and dropped off at the store for the supply drive will be given to the Boys & Girls Club of Venice to ensure they get into the hands of disadvantaged youth in time for the new school year.

“I’m excited to help motivate fellow teens to make a difference in their communities,” said Thorne. “There are so many kids in America who return to school without basic school supplies, and I’m thrilled to team up with Staples and DoSomething.org to encourage teens to lend a hand.”

To kick-start the campaign, Staples is donating $125,000 worth of school supplies to the program this year. In addition, Staples customers can get involved by donating $1 or more at any Staples store, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting local students in need.

Since 2008, the campaign has raised more than $2 million for hundreds of thousands of students in need throughout the country. Past celebrity partners have included Jordin Sparks, Ciara, Nikki Reed and the cast of “Pretty Little Liars.”

“We are truly inspired by what teens and our customers across the country can accomplish for the millions of children unable to afford basic school supplies,” said Alison Corcoran, senior vice president of retail marketing at Staples. “With help from celebrities like Bella Thorne and support from DoSomething.org, we can send kids back to school with the tools they need to succeed.”

Information, www.staplesforstudents.org.

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