Office Depot Recognized by Gifts In Kind International for Commitment to Children's Charities

Gifts in Kind International
Wednesday, 14 March 2001

Alexandria, Va., March 14, 2001 Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE:ODP) was awarded the 2001 Gifts In Kind International Light of Hope award in recognition of the company's leadership in supporting the vital work of the nation's charities assisting children. The Light of Hope award was presented to Office Depot Chief Executive Officer Bruce Nelson by Susan Corrigan, president and CEO of Gifts In Kind International, during the Office Depot 2001 Annual International Awards dinner in Nashville, Tenn.

Office Depot's "Taking Care of Kids," program provides high-quality, new office merchandise to qualified charities that impact the health, welfare and education of children. The program, managed by Gifts In Kind International, allows charities to offer much-needed enrichment programs for youth, such as after-school tutoring assistance, mentoring programs, job skills training and computer labs.

"Office Depot has taken a leadership role in meeting some of our charities' key product requirements," said Corrigan. "The generosity evident in the 'Taking Care of Kids' program signifies a unity, a cohesiveness of vision and a team spirit that goes well beyond a well-earned corporate reputation for superior customer service and product excellence."

"We're pleased to be recognized by Gifts In Kind International for our efforts and charitable program focused on impacting the lives of children," said Nelson. "It's very rewarding to be able to give back to the communities in which we live and we greatly appreciate the recognition from Gifts In Kind International."

Office supplies consistently rank among the most critically needed products in needs assessment studies conducted by Gifts In Kind International. Donations of office products help charities increase productivity and efficiency, enabling them to better serve those in need. Perhaps more importantly, donated products save nonprofit organizations from having to purchase these items, which allows the allocation of financial resources to other worthy initiatives that serve the most vulnerable in local communities.

For more information, or to contact Gifts in Kind International, see their website at: www.giftsinkind.org

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