Teen Actress Bella Thorne Joins Staples and DoSomething.org
DoSomething.org and Staples recently announced they are teaming up with popular teen actress/singer Bella Thorne for their 5th Annual Staples for Student national school supply drive. The program aims to help children and student in need by collecting school supplies.
Thorne will be lending her voice to spread the word for the initiative throughout the campaign via a public service announcement (PSA) which now available online. It will begin airing on television and radio stations starting next month.
“I’m excited to help motivate fellow teens to make a difference in their communities,” said 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 will also be donating $125,000 worth of school supplies to the program this year. If you are a Staples customer, you can get involved by donating $1 or more at any store location. 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit local students in need. In addition, each Staples store will be matched with a local educational non-profit organization. DoSomething.org and Staples will ensure that all the donations get to these partners in time for the new school year.
This program has already helped hundreds of thousands of student in need with more than $2 million raised since its beginning in 2008. Past celebrity influencers 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.”
The Staples for Students campaign is offering easy, innovative and new ways for teens to get involved in this year’s programs. By visiting www.staplesforstudents.org, teens can get all the information they need to take action.
- Request an Action Kit: Whether it’s summer camp, summer sports leagues, or at neighborhood block parties, students can get tips, resources and flyers on running their own school supply drives in their neighborhoods.
- Text SUPPLIES to 38383: Students will receive more information on how to begin their own school supply drive or find their nearest Staples drop-off location (standard text messaging rates apply).
- Raise Your Hand: Starting July 1, teens can raise a virtual hand to the cause by uploading photos and videos or sharing details through social media. For every “hand” raised, $1 will be donated by Staples (up to $10,000) to the cause.
“Here at DoSomething.org we don’t just say, we do,” said Nancy Lublin, CEO and Chief Old Person at DoSomething.org. “Actions speak louder than words, and we are determined to speak volumes when we team up with Staples for the 5th year on a campaign that gives young people the power to rock social change, really make a difference among their peers and take action in their very own communities.”
Those who wish to participate should collect any school supplies for donation and drop them off at their nearest Staples store starting July 1st through September 15th.