Office Depot Copy & Print Centers to Offer Service Through April 30BOCA RATON, Fla., Feb 03, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Office Depot (NYSE: ODP), a leading global provider of office products
and services, and the independent, non-profit Office Depot Foundation
today announced that Office Depot stores will offer free faxing to Haiti
to assist with recovery and rebuilding efforts following the recent
Starting today, customers can stop by the Copy & Print Center in Office
Depot stores in the United States and fax up to 25 pages per person free
of charge to Haiti (area code 509). The free fax offer will continue
through April 30, 2010.
"There are thousands of people throughout the United States that are in
dire need of getting important documents back to their family members
that are still in Haiti, and Office Depot is happy to play a small role
in opening up the lines of communication," said George Hill, Senior Vice
President of Copy and Print for Office Depot. "Whether customers need to
fax copies of important insurance papers, bank information or other
materials that might have been destroyed in this tragedy, Office Depot
locations around the country are standing by and ready to assist."
The program is part of the Company's multifaceted effort to help the
people of the Caribbean nation. In the aftermath of the January 12
quake, the Office Depot Foundation donated $10,000 to Doctors Without
Borders to provide medical supplies and $10,000 to Feed The Children,
enabling it to send 40,000 pounds of rice to Haiti - enough for 160,000
individual meals. The Foundation will also give Feed The Children 2,500
backpacks to help children in Haiti who have nowhere to keep their
possessions. Additionally, Office Depot is providing 20,000 square feet
of space in Miami to serve as a staging location for donations being
sent to Haiti.
The Foundation also announced the renewal of its sponsorship of the
National Disaster Help Desk for Business, which is operated by the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center. Businesses that
have interests in the region, or that simply wish to assist, can call
the Help Desk at 1-888-MY-BIZ-HELP for access to resources and
Since the earthquake struck, the Help Desk has fielded more than 1,000
phone calls and other inquiries. The disaster response professionals who
staff the Help Desk have been able to connect donors of water systems,
medical equipment, satellite phones and emergency supplies with
non-profits that need these items - thus allowing the relief
organizations to use their financial resources for other needs.
"Helping people and small businesses to recover following natural
disasters is an important aspect of our global mission," notes Office
Depot Foundation President Mary Wong. "This tragedy has inspired a
remarkable international response. We are pleased to play a role in
helping the people of Haiti as they begin the process of rebuilding
their lives and their economy."
To learn more about the Office Depot Foundation's earthquake relief and
recovery efforts, please visit www.officedepotfoundation.org.
About Office Depot
Every day, Office Depot is Taking Care of Business for millions of
customers around the globe. For the local corner store as well as
Fortune 500 companies, Office Depot provides products and services to
its customers through 1,585 worldwide retail stores, a dedicated sales
force, top-rated catalogs and a $4.2 billion e-commerce operation.
Office Depot has annual sales of approximately $14.5 billion, and
employs about 42,000 associates around the world. The Company provides
more office products and services to more customers in more countries
than any other company, and currently sells to customers directly or
through affiliates in 49 countries.
Office Depot's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange
under the symbol ODP and is included in the S&P 500 Index. Additional
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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(R), 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.
SOURCE: Office Depot
Jason Shockley, 561-438-0037
Office Depot Foundation
Leon Rubin, 561-251-8075