NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon – who also happens to be a San Diego native – returned to his hometown Friday morning to donate school supplies to local children.
Cannon visited the Office Depot store on Rio San Diego Drive in Mission Valley to hand out 3,500 “sackpacks” filled with school supplies to kids, just in time for back-to-school season.
Cannon partnered with the Office Depot Foundation on the effort, dubbed the "National Backpack Program."
The program, now in its 13th year, will donate 300,000 drawstring bags filled with school supplies to children across the country this year. Locally, over the past six years, more than 20,000 San Diego children have benefitted from the program.
On Friday, Cannon said the program was about more than just school supplies.
“I’m a product of this community. I was born and raised in San Diego. To be able to come back home and see young faces – and see young people here today – and knowing that we’re hoping to inspire you in a way that [you know] that your future is ahead of you,” said Cannon.
The actor and host also said he was thrilled to be back in San Diego.
Cannon is an alumnus of Monte Vista High School and graduated from the school in 1998. He now lives in Hollywood with wife Mariah Carey and their two children.