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Westport's Dept. Of Human Services Announces 2015 Back To School Program

The Back to School program will be accepting donations at the Westport Town Hall Aug. 3 to Aug. 7.
The Back to School program will be accepting donations at the Westport Town Hall Aug. 3 to Aug. 7. Photo Credit: File

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Barbara Butler, Director of the Westport Department of Human Services, announced July 14 the scheduling of the town’s 2015 “Back to School Program,” which will run from Monday, Aug. 3 through Friday, Aug. 7 at Town Hall.

This program offers gift cards to income-eligible families who have children in the Westport schools. Families can then purchase new backpacks and school supplies together. The Salvation Army also provides a limited number of Payless gift cards, so children can start the school year with a new pair of shoes.

The Back to School program depends solely upon the generosity of community individuals and organizations. Last year, 189 Westport students from 107 income-eligible families received back-to-school supplies, as well as gift cards for a new pair of school shoes. That represents almost 10 full classrooms of students.

Donations at any level are greatly appreciated. The Department of Human Services appreciates tax-deductible monetary donations made payable to “Town of Westport/DHS Family Programs” (memo: backpacks) and mailed to Department of Human Services, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, Conn. 06880.

Gift cards of any amount to Staples, Target, Walmart, Old Navy, etc. are very much appreciated and may be dropped off Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 200 at Westport Town Hall. Families who feel they may qualify for this program are urged to contact the Department of Human Services at (203) 341-1050.

If you have questions regarding the program, please contact Sarah Heath at sheath@westportct.gov or (203) 341-1050.

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