Students and parents in Turlock are encouraged to collect and drop off school supplies at Staples, located at 1850 Countryside Drive, which will be contributed to students of Aspiranet – a nonprofit organization that supports foster youth.
DoSomething.org and Staples are teaming up with teen actress and recording artist Bella Thorne for the 5th annual Staples for Students national school supply drive to help kids in need.
Aspiranet, the nonprofit organization that supports foster youth, siblings and families, will receive the donations locally, ensuring that disadvantaged youth within the local community receive the school supplies needed just in time for the new school year.
The organization was founded 35 years ago as a six-bed group home for young boys in Moss Beach, California, and is now one of the most diverse nonprofit social service agencies within the state. With 35 core programs offering specialized services through 45 satellite centers within California, Aspiranet has touched the lives of over 10,000 families and children since it’s founding.
Aspiranet’s vision of bringing families together and helping foster children, siblings, and parents thrive is realized through six areas of expertise – Family Services, Foster Care, Adoption, Education, Afterschool programs, and Community Partnerships.
The Staples for Students School Supply Drive will take place from July 1 to September 15 all across the nation.
“I’m excited to help motivate fellow teens to make a difference in their communities,” stated Bella 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.”
Staples have donated $125,000 worth of school supplies to the program as a kick-start for the campaign. 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. Previous campaigns have also included celebrities such as Jordin Sparks, Ciara, Nikki Reed, and the caste 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.”
For more information regarding the campaign, or to find out how to get involved in the effort to help local students in need, please visit www.staplesforstudents.org.