BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE:ODP), a leading global provider of office supplies and services, today announced that it is teaming up with Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet in the NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series™, for a special online charity auction accessible via www.OfficeDepotRacing.com.
Now through September 14, 2012 at noon ET, fans can bid on a one-of-a-kind Office Depot Foundation firesuit and helmet worn by Stewart during the August 5, 2012 NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series™ race at Pocono Raceway. Both items were specially designed for the race in the same style as the back-to-school paint scheme featured on his No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet at Pocono.
The firesuit and helmet have been autographed by Stewart, and proceeds from the auction will be used to support the Office Depot Foundation’s award-winning National Backpack Program, which provides new sackpacks – filled with essential school supplies – to schools and non-profit organizations that work with children in need across the country.
“It was a lot of fun having a cool back-to-school paint scheme on my No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevy at Pocono and I’m very proud to again partner with the Office Depot Foundation on its National Backpack Program,” said Stewart, the three-time and reigning NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series™ champion. “Helping the Office Depot Foundation donate sackpacks to kids in need is such a rewarding experience – nothing beats seeing a big smile on their faces after giving them a new sackpack. I hope fans will get behind this great program and show their support by participating in the online charity auction.”
For the fourth consecutive year, Stewart is partnering with the Office Depot Foundation to support its National Backpack Program, which is donating 400,000 sackpacks throughout the 2012 back-to-school season – the most given out in a single year. By the end of this year, the National Backpack Program will have helped more than 2.9 million kids worldwide since 2001.
The Tony Stewart Foundation will support the auction by utilizing its eBay Giving Works account as the bidding platform. To reach the eBay page for the Office Depot Foundation firesuit and helmet auction, visit www.OfficeDepotRacing.com.
About Office Depot
Office Depot provides office supplies and services through 1,680 worldwide retail stores, a dedicated sales force, top-rated catalogs, and global e-commerce operations. Office Depot has annual sales of approximately $11.5 billion, employs about 39,000 associates, and serves customers in 60 countries around the world.
Office Depot’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: http://mediarelations.officedepot.com and http://socialpress.officedepot.com/.
About the Office Depot Foundation
The Office Depot Foundation is an independent foundation – tax exempt under IRC Sec. 501(c)(3) – that serves as the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot, Inc. In keeping with its mission, Listen Learn Care®, the Foundation supports a variety of programs that help children succeed in school and in life; enable civil society (non-profit) organizations to become more efficient and effective; help people and businesses prepare for disasters, then recover and rebuild afterwards; strengthen local communities through grants, product donations and volunteerism; and encourage community development through entrepreneurship and economic innovation. For more information, visit www.officedepotfoundation.org.