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Donations Fund Special Outfits

The right clothes are must-haves for kids, especially at graduation. And those fretting because they can't afford a special outfit for the big day can now relax – and get ready to shop. Westport's “Ceremonies and Celebrations” program, now in its seventh year, comes to the rescue with donations to help them buy clothes that'll do them proud at graduation.

“Last year, thanks to the generosity of the Westport community and the schools’ PTAs, 35 Westport students were able to purchase new special event clothing for their graduations from middle and high school,” says Barbara Butler, Director of Human Services. Contributions are tax deductible and, as Butler points out, they're a special way of thanking a teacher or honoring a friend.

She said in past years, her department had received numerous heartfelt notes of thanks and photographs showing  the proud young people, as they walked across the stage or stood with relatives on this special day.

To contribute, checks can be sent (or dropped off) through June to: Department.of Human Services, Westport Town Hall, Room 200, 110 Myrtle Ave., Westport, CT 06880 between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Checks should be made out to: Families in Need Fund (memo line: Ceremonies).

Gift cards of any amount are also welcome. Preferred are: American Express, Visa, Master Card, Marshall’s, The Gap, Trumbull Mall/Westfield Shopping Center.

If you know someone who needs the help of “Ceremonies and Celebrations” funds, call Patty Haberstroh, Family Program Coordinator of the Westport Department of Human Services at (203) 341-1069. Social work staff assure that needy families, who meet financial and program criteria, are helped.

As Butler points out, “While new clothing may seem frivolous to some, to many of our students, it represents a special occasion marking a new beginning and a job well done." Even though we know clothes don't really make the man, for kids, they go a long way when there's a graduation in the offing.

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