The Boys & Girls Club of Venice is participating in the sixth annual Staples for Students national school supply drive and teaming up with teen actor Jake T. Austin to help students get the tools they need to build their futures.
From now until Sept. 28, Staples customers can donate $1 or more at their local Staples store with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting students at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice.
The local stores where donations are being accepted are 8704 S. Sepulveda Blvd. in Westchester and 1501 Lincoln Blvd. in Venice.
“I’m so excited to team up with Staples and Boys & Girls Clubs of America for this great cause,” said Austin, best known as wizard Max Russo of the Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place.” “I can’t imagine starting school without the right supplies, so I’m rallying fellow teens to help make a difference in their communities by making sure students have the essential supplies they need to succeed.”
To kick-start the campaign, Staples will donate $125,000 worth of school supplies to the program this year. Staples and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America will ensure that all of the donations get to the Boys & Girls Club of Venice in time for the new school year, a Staples spokesperson said.
Since 2008, the campaign has raised nearly $3 million for hundreds of thousands of students in need throughout the country. Past celebrity influencers have included singers Jordin Sparks and Ciara, actresses Nikki Reed and Bella Thorne and the cast of the ABC Family series “Pretty Little Liars.”
“A core focus of our mission is to enable youth to be successful throughout school and follow a career or educational plan post-high school to become productive and responsible citizens,” said Kimberly Boyd, vice president of program training and youth development services for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “Partnerships and programs like the Staples for Students national school supply drive provide critical support for clubs and youth so they have the resources needed to do well in school and create a path to a great future.”
There are 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs in communities nationwide serving nearly 4 million youth ages 6-18 by providing a safe and productive place for young people in the after-school hours.