Staples donates school supply haul

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Staples donates school supply haul to Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster

The company’s annual community outreach effort is needed more than ever


By Danielle Ray


LEOMINSTER — Staples in Water Tower Plaza donated 800 bags of school supplies to the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster on Friday.

Staples Sales Manager Nate Greenwood personally delivered dozens of bright red bins full of supplies, which were purchased and donated by customers, to club Executive Director Donata Martin.

“We know that it’s been a rough year for teachers and students,” Greenwood said. “This was an easy thing for us to do, and this year it had a lot of driving force behind it. Customers were happy to help, and teachers have been ecstatic to get back to school supplies.”

The Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster got a very large donation of school and office supplies from from Staples on Friday afternoon. Members of the club and staff with a representive from Staples posed for a picture with the donations. The donations consisted of hand sanitizer, colored pencils, folders, crayons, erasers, rulers, pencils, note pads, sticky notes, staple removers, staplers and staples. Courtesy photo

Greenwood said the annual community outreach program typically runs at the beginning of the school year, but was extended through the holiday season this time due to remote learning and a greater need.

The Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster runs three remote learning centers that over 100 children attend each school day, as well as an after-school program on site. Martin said the partnership with Staples has been very helpful to them, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Hopefully some other businesses and organizations will step up and also donate,” she said.

Greenwood said one Staples cashier in particular gathered upwards of 30 bags a day from customers for the cause. The company donated an additional 700 bags to local teachers.

“It is important to help each other out,” Greenwood said. “We are all in this together.”