White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy took a break from baseball
this morning to help some Chicago students do their back-to-school
Peavy met with 15 kids from the Union League Boys & Girls
Club of Chicago, which is matched with the Staples near Union
Station as part of the Staples for Students program. Each kid was
given a backpack with back-to-school basics and a $100 Staples gift
card, which Peavy matched to give everyone $200 for supplies.
"It's an awesome thing for the community," Peavy said. "Just
being around children can brighten your day, watching how innocent
and pure these kids are. And then some of the older ones, going
into new adventures in their life and they don't even really
realize what's ahead of them as they go into high school and get
Peavy said walking through the Staples aisles with kids, helping
them pick which supplies they liked best, was a great
"Just to see their personalities and do something they've never
been able to do, and that's to freely walk through a store and be
able to grab different things that catch their eye and fancy
notebooks and backpacks. Just the smiles on their faces make it all
With the White Sox in the middle of a series against the New
York Yankees, Peavy said it's nice to be able to spend some time
outside of the baseball world.
"A lot of times what we do for a living, playing baseball, we
get so caught up in our world and just thinking the world revolves
around what we do... so when you come outside and do things outside
of our daily lives it's refreshing and puts a whole different
perspective on things."
Aside from Staples for Students, Peavy has his own non-profit
organization, the Jake Peavy Foundation. To show their appreciation
for his partnership, Staples presented Peavy with a $5,000 check
this morning for his foundation.
Staples for Students is a national program that matches
non-profit organizations with their local Staples store. Through
Sept. 15, customers can drop off supplies, or donate money during
check-out, at Staples stores with 100 percent of proceeds going
towards the local partner.
To learn more, visit www.staplesforstudents.org.
Alaina is the digital content editor at Chicago Parent. She lives in Chicago.
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