Westchester-area teenagers may drop off new unused school supplies at the Westchester Staples store at 8704 Sepulveda Blvd. as part of the “Do Something 101 campaign.” Materials should be received by Sunday, August 31st, to ensure that they get into the hands of students in time to head back to school.
The school supplies and donations will be given locally to the Boys & Girls Club of Venice, an educational and nonprofit organization that serves disadvantaged youths.
Pop music star and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks has teamed with DoSomething.org, an organization that aims to empower teens to take action in their communities, and Staples, Inc. for the campaign.
Staples began the campaign by donating $50,000 in school supplies to the cause. In addition, Staples customers can get involved by donating $2 at any Staples store location, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting local teens in need.
“By teaming up with Do Something and most importantly, teens from across the country, it is truly inspiring to see what can be accomplished for thousands of youth unable to afford basic school supplies,” said Demos Parneros, president of U.S. Stores at Staples.
“With help from celebrities like Jordin, we will be able to arm teens with the tools and resources they need to make a difference in their community.”
With more than 11 million young people in the United States living below the poverty line, the Do Something campaign allows teens nationwide to get involved, says a spokesman.
“Do Something is all about action,” said Do Something chief executive officer Nancy Lublin. “We’re proud to be spearheading a campaign that gives young people the power to lead something that matters to them.”
Information, www.dosome thing101.com/.