Amazon’s Alexa Now Lets You Donate A Backpack Full Of School Supplies To Kids In Need

Posted: Aug 5 2019, 7:23pm CDT | by , in Technology News


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Amazon’s Alexa now lets you donate a backpack full of school supplies to kids in need
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“Alexa, Donate to Happy School Year.”

The new school year is right around the corner and Amazon has come out with a new initiative to help struggling families get school supplies for their children.

This year, Amazon has partnered with basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal to thank all online shoppers who will donate a backpack full of school supplies to a student in need with Alexa.

The program is part of Amazon’s Happy School Year back-to-school initiative, under which the online retail giant is sponsoring and hosting school supply donation events throughout the summer. The goal is to raise enough school supplies-filled backpacks to more than 5,000 students in need. The backpacks will be filled with basic school necessities like pencils, pens, a ruler and a notebook.

Customers can simply say “Alexa, Donate to Happy School Year,” and they will be presented with a backpack offer from Amazon. After customers confirm the order for donation, Amazon will fill the AmazonBasics backpack with basic school supplies and ship them directly to Communities In Schools, the United States’ largest provider of in-school resources and support to students in need.

A thank you message from Shaq will pop up as soon as customers check out their orders. Shaq himself is a member of the Communities in Schools National Board.

“Alexa makes it easy for customers to brighten the start of the school year for children who need it most. Donating is simple - just say ‘Alexa, Donate to Happy School Year.’ We can’t wait to see the generosity of our customers this back-to-school season,” Alexa Vice President Chuck Moore said in a statement.

Apart from the warm thank you message from Shaq, customers will also be able to enjoy a Happy School Year block party later this summer with pop star Ciara as host.

As you shop for your kids’ back-to-school items on Amazon’s Happy School Year Store, don’t forget to send some love to students in need through the back-to-school drive by Amazon.

Here's how to donate, according to Shaq:

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