Free Trees for Children Across Canada

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The ChariTREE Foundation is offering free trees to children across Canada.

These days children have less time and fewer opportunities to connect with nature. This is a real loss because research shows that contact with nature makes kids feel better about themselves. We can’t let kids lose touch with nature – especially now

The United Nations has declared 2011 the International Year of Forests so there’s never been a better time to plant trees with the future stewards of the environment. ChariTREE sources seedlings native to each province and ships Wish Trees across Canada for campers and students to plant and make a wish for the planet. Summer camp directors and teachers have until May 2, 2011 to order trees.

“These days children have less time and fewer opportunities to connect with nature. This is a real loss because research shows that contact with nature makes kids feel better about themselves. We can’t let kids lose touch with nature – especially now,” said Andrea Koehle Jones, Executive Director of The ChariTREE Foundation. She says one of the best ways to learn about the environment is to plant a tree.

The number of trees planted is growing this year thanks to ChariTREE’s partnership with Centon Electronics, Inc. and Staples Canada. For each DataStick Green USB sold at Staples, a seedling would be donated to The ChariTree foundation.

“When business can support the environment it is a win-win situation for everyone. We are pleased with the success of the DataStick Green Drive and the consumer support of this program," said Jennifer Miscione, Director of Sales and Marketing.

“Staples believes in making it easy for people to make the right sustainable choices. Helping youth and the environment through our products, is one way we are making a difference,” commented Pete Gibel, Vice President of Merchandising and Co-Chair of the Eco Easy Committee for Staples Canada.

DataStick Green Pricing and Availability
Centon's DataStick Green USB drives will be available in January at Staples stores across Canada and available online at All DataStick Green USB drives come with a lifetime warranty and toll free tech support.

About Centon Electronics, Inc.
Established in 1978 by Gene Miscione, Centon Electronics, Inc., is a privately owned corporation based in Aliso Viejo, California. Centon is an authorized licensee of Major League Baseball, NASCAR, Collegiate Licensing Company, and Licensing Resource Group and offers a full lineup of USB flash drives featuring their markings and logos. Visit for more details on the full range of our product lines.

Centon Electronics, Inc.
27412 Aliso Viejo Parkway Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Phone: +1(800) 836-1986
Fax: +1(949) 586-8778

About Staples® Canada
Staples, Canada’s largest office products company, is committed to providing Canadians with a wide choice of office services and products. Serving all types of business—from the small home office to large enterprise—Staples makes it easy for customers to operate their offices efficiently and affordably by offering an extensive selection of office supplies, technology, electronics and office furniture as well as business services, including computer repair and maintenance, and copy and print services. Operating as Bureau en GrosMC in the province of Quebec and Staples® Canada in all other provinces, the company employs over 15,000 associates at 320+ stores and at their head office in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Ranked as one of Canada’s top five Canadian companies in Marketing Magazine’s Marketing/Leger 2010 Corporate Reputation Survey, Staples/Bureau en Gros is dedicated to offering customers the highest level of service, whether they choose to shop in-store, by catalogue or online. Staples Canada/Bureau en Gros is also invested in a number of corporate giving programs that actively support environmental, educational and entrepreneurial initiatives in Canadian communities from coast to coast. Visit for more information, and follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter at

About The ChariTREE Foundation
The ChariTREE Foundation is the Canadian children's environmental learning and tree planting charity. The Foundation sources and distributes trees to kids through schools and children's organizations across Canada. ChariTREE, a registered Canadian charity and a member of The United Nations Billion Tree Campaign, was established to help the planet by creating and supporting tree planting projects that benefit kids - the future guardians of the planet.

For more information:
Andrea Koehle Jones, Executive Director, The ChariTREE Foundation Office: (604)947-6803 andrea(at)charitree(dot)ca


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