Christmastime is the perfect time to give back to those less fortunate. The Office Depot Foundation has created the Teddy B. Caring bear — a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the stuffed bear will help children and families in need around the world. Teddy B. Caring can only be purchased at Office Depot retail stores and online at

Tony Stewart with 2009 Office Depot Foundation Teddy B. Caring (photo credit: Action Sports Photography)

NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevy Impala in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™, worked with the Office Depot Foundation on its award-winning National Backpack Program in 2009 and is encouraging NASCAR fans everywhere to consider purchasing a Teddy B. Caring this holiday season. Together with the Foundation, Stewart helped donate more than 300,000 backpacks filled with essential school supplies to kids in need across the country during this year’s back-to-school season.

“It has been very humbling for me to be part of the Office Depot Foundation’s National Backpack Program this past year and to see the real impact the program has on kids in need,” Stewart said. “Every child deserves to go to school with the tools they need to succeed and to have that extra boost of confidence in the classroom. I would encourage everyone to consider giving a Teddy B. Caring bear as a gift this holiday season in support of the great work the Office Depot Foundation does all year long.”

Office Depot Foundation initiatives supported by sales of Teddy B. Caring include:

  • National Backpack Program – Helping kids succeed in school by donating over 2 million backpacks since 2001.
  • Caring Connection – Inspiring people to serve non-profit organizations and their communities by volunteering.
  • Dream UP Career Exploration Program – Enabling middle school children to learn about future career opportunities.
  • Follow Your Dream Scholarship Fund – Providing scholarships to students with disabilities to assist with college expenses other than tuition.
  • 1-888-MY BIZ HELP – Helping non-profit organizations and small businesses recover after disasters by providing access to resources via a toll-free hotline.

To learn more about the Office Depot Foundation and its programs, please visit

The bear is adorable and a perfect gift for the kid in your life. Also, isn’t the photo of Tony with Teddy B. Caring supercute too!? I say, print out the photo of Tony with the bear, buy the bear and then give both to a Tony Stewart fan.

(photo credit: Action Sports Photography)