McKinney, Texas, February 9, 2015 – The Office Depot Foundation – the independent nonprofit foundation that serves as the charitable giving arm of Office Depot – is preparing to make the day just a little bit better for the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas through its national A Day Made Better Program.
A Day Made Better recognizes Title I and other high-need elementary schools and teachers across the country for their dedication and the work that they do to inspire children to learn. In selected cities, the Foundation is expanding A Day Made Better to support local nonprofit organizations that provide afterschool programs.
On Wednesday, February 11, at 3:30 p.m., a group of associates from the OfficeMax store in McKinney will visit the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas afterschool program location at Imagine International Academy of North Texas, located at 2860 Virginia Pkwy. in McKinney, to present a $1,000 donation along with school supplies, children’s books, sackpacks and other essential items for the organization’s teachers and students.
“Across the country, nonprofit organizations complement the work of schools and teachers by offering a safe and enriching experience for children between the end of the school day and the time that they are picked up by their parents,” explains Office Depot Foundation President Mary Wong. “We are pleased to support the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas as part of our ongoing efforts to serve children, families and communities around the world.”
The organization’s management team is expected to participate along with teachers and students. Also scheduled to take part in the presentation is Mayor Brian Loughmiller from the city of McKinney. Christian Mitchell, Senior Marketing Manager for SMB & Educator Initiatives from Office Depot, will represent the Foundation.
The donated supplies and other items come from the Office Depot Foundation’s Caring is Sharing Product Donation Program as well as from vendors and suppliers including Avery, Amax and First Book in collaboration with Disney Publishing Worldwide. All of the supplies and books were assembled by the Foundation’s strategic partner Feed the Children, which packaged the items into special A Day Made Better boxes with the help of its volunteers.
A Day Made Better donation presentations took place in local communities throughout the United States in the fourth quarter of 2014 and will continue through the first quarter of 2015. More than 1,700 schools were invited to participate in the program.
The mission of the Office Depot Foundation is Listen Learn Care − and one of its key strategic priorities is “giving children tools to succeed in school and in life.” A Day Made Better aligns with this priority, which also encompasses the Foundation’s signature National Backpack Program – which has helped more than 3.3 million deserving children since 2001 - along with its Dream UP! Career Exploration Program (in collaboration with USA TODAY) and its anti-bullying programs.
To learn more about the Office Depot Foundation, visit www.officedepotfoundation.org.