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Westport Stores Help Teen Help Disaster Victims

Staples junior Matthew Lev is on a mission to help people affected by the recent spate of natural disasters. At the same time, he wants to help boost Westport's economy. His solution: Shop, Save & Support, an all-day event to attract people to downtown shops while raising money for Save the Children. It takes place Tuesday.

Matt was sparked into action by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan and flooding and tornadoes in the Midwest and South. Then, one night as he sat in the car waiting for his mom to finish shopping downtown, the idea hit him.

"The stores were open late for a special sales event and I thought, 'Something like this could work as a fundraiser for Save the Children,' " said Matt, who started volunteering for the Westport-based international nonprofit in September.

During Shop, Save & Support, participating merchants will hold a one-day sale and donate a portion of their proceeds to Save the Children. All money donated to Save the Children will be used wherever it's most needed, Matt said.

"I don't have money to donate myself, so when the idea hit me, I was so excited," he said. "And this is a good way to help support local merchants with their businesses, and the local community."

Participating stores include Dovecote, Dress Code, HB Home, Henry Lehr, Jacadi, Lucy's and Soleil Toile.

Although Matt hopes the event is a huge success, he said he'll be happy with whatever is raised for Save the Children.

"Whether we get a lot, or not so much, I'm just glad to be a part of this," he said. "And it's great to be able to get the whole community involved so everyone can feel they are doing good."

What do you think of Matt Lev's idea? Do you think you'll shop at participating stores knowing it will help people in need? Leave a comment below!

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