Nick Cannon, host of NBC's America’s Got Talent, put his heart on his sleeves this past Thursday. Then, rolled them up and went to work.
Joining with the Office Depot Foundation in its 2012 National Backpack Program, Cannon helped give away 20,000 ‘sackpacks’ in the course of one day. He started out in Ft. Lauderdale giving 10,000 there and finished up with another 10,000 later that same day in Miami.
Each sack was filled with school supplies and, according to the foundation’s website, created solely with thought of the kids and not promotion for Office Depot or the entertainer. “The sackpacks we donate are designed with kids in mind – they come in seven different color combinations with kid-friendly graphics. You will not find the Office Depot Foundation's logo anywhere on the sackpacks – except for a removable paper tag. We want to be sure that children are proud to carry the sackpacks they receive, with no risk of being stigmatized by something that clearly identifies it as an act of charity.”
The Office Depot Foundation is in its 12th year and since 2001 has worked to help over 2.9 million kids. This year it plans to “donate 400,000 sackpacks to non-profit organizations and schools in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and internationally – the most ever in a single year.”
Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet in the NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series™ has also signed on to help in this year's campaign.
“....it seems like a small thing, like school supplies...,” said Nick to NBC 6, “.......the proper essentials and tools that can help the situation really goes a long way.”
“I’m feeling good!”, replied one boy, while a little girl proudly wore her ‘sackpack’ and said, “I’m excited because I’m going to school.”
The 31-year-old father of twins with wife Mariah Carey added, "It's so cool to see the young people, especially when you're encouraging them and inspiring them for something positive like education, and to see them get excited about it."