Northborough Helping Hands Assoc. receives Staples grant

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(l to r)  Northborough Helping Hands President Jane O’Toole, Staples, Inc. employee Julie Krause, and Backpack Drive Coordinator Liz Nolan. (Photo/Laurie Covino)
(l to r) Northborough Helping Hands President Jane O’Toole, Staples, Inc. employee Julie Krause, and Backpack Drive Coordinator Liz Nolan. (Photo/Laurie Covino)

Northborough -Northborough Helping Hands Association, Inc. (NHHA) has been awarded $3,500 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc. under a program that allows Staples associates to direct donations.

The funding will be dedicated to NHHA’s 8th Annual Backpack Drive which donates new backpacks filled with grade appropriate school supplies. Last year, the effort was able to donate 100 backpacks to students in need in the Northborough public schools, grades K-12.

Staples Inc. Director of Global Community Giving Katy Dobbs noted that the grant is part of a philanthropic initiative by Staples Foundation which allows Staples associates to direct funding to nonprofit organizations that are focused on education or job skills. The program, called 2 Million and Change, encourages associates to make a difference in their local communities and enables them to directly support the programs where they personally see the greatest need.

Northborough resident and Staples employee Julie Krause initiated the grant process and chose NHHA as the recipient of the grant.

The mission of Northborough Helping Hands Association (NHHA) is to coordinate programs to assist those in need in the form of Thanksgiving food baskets, Christmas gifts, clothing, medical equipment, and emergency aid for special services.

Each year the Backpack Drive is supported fully by donations from individuals, organizations and businesses. Anyone interested in making a contribution towards this effort can do so by mailing a check made payable to NHHA Backpack Drive, PO Box 383, Northborough MA 01532.

Additional information on NHHA can be found at www.northboroughhelpinghands.org.