Lexmark and Office Depot donate printers to military families

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Lexmark International and office supply retailer Office Depot have teamed up to support military families by providing up to 4,000 free printers to them through Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization dedicated to the needs of those serving in the armed forces.

The promotion kicks off on May 30th over the Memorial Day holiday weekend and continues through June 5th. During this time, Office Depot and Lexmark will donate a new Lexmark printer to the Operation Homefront organization each time a purchases a Lexmark printer in an Office Depot store (regularly priced at $199.99 and above) or online at www.officedepot.com/lexmark/operationhomefront.  The goal is to provide technology to military families to keep in touch with their loved ones serving in the armed services.

“Office Depot is honored to support Operation Homefront through our partnership with Lexmark, and give back to thousands of military families by providing printers through this special program,” said Steve Mahurin, Executive Vice President of Merchandising for Office Depot. “We applaud Operation Homefront for their dedication to military families all over the world, and we hope that our customers will embrace the opportunity to help these families as well.”

Operation Homefront was established in February 2002.  It was developed to support the families of deployed service members immediately following 9/11, and is based in San Antonio, Texas,   The group is supported by more than 4500 volunteers and has 23 chapters across the country.  To date, it has provided services to more than 250,000 military families.

While the Memorial Day printer campaign is one of the larger deals organized by Operation Homefront, the group is also equipped to handle the smaller needs of military families as well through its Web site.  This ranges from something as simple as a piece of furniture and washer and dryer to the more complex like a specially equipped vehicle for disabled veterans.

Lexmark presently sells products in more than 150 countries and has a history of providing products for charitable programs and using the latest technology for philanthropic efforts.  As part of the Office Depot and Lexmark program, for example, people can also engage with Operation Homefront and support members of the military via Twitter.  Beginning now through June 5, anyone can use Twitter to give a “Shout Out” to someone serving in the military and be entered for a chance to win one of 10 Lexmark printers.

To participate, go to Twitter (www.Twitter.com) and tweet the name and rank of a loved one in the military, along with the hashtag: #OperationShoutOut, from your Twitter account.  More information is available at  www.officedepot.com/lexmark/operationhomefront.

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