Dept of Human Services: Help Needed to Provide Back-To-School Shoes for Greenwich Children

The Greenwich Department of Human Services Fund (GDHS Fund) is stepping up to ensure local children have proper footwear with their upcoming “Boots & Shoes” fundraiser.

This initiative aims to raise funds to provide DSW gift cards to children between the ages of 5 and 15 from low-income families. These gift cards will be redeemable online and in store at any DSW location, allowing children to choose shoes that fit their needs and style.

For many years, the Greenwich Department of Human Services partnered with the Salvation Army to offer this essential program.

However, due to unforeseen circumstances, that partnership concluded at the end of 2023. Recognizing the ongoing need, the GDHS Fund has taken the lead in organizing “Boots & Shoes” to bridge the funding gap.

In August 2023, 150 Greenwich children received a $50 DSW gift card.

“At the GDHS Fund, we understand the importance of providing our children with the resources they need to thrive,” said Blaise Punturo who is the GDHS Fund’s President, adding, “Proper footwear is not just a matter of comfort; it’s essential for their health and participation in activities.”

The GDHS Fund is seeking donations from the Greenwich community to support “Boots & Shoes.”

Please consider donating today! To donate online, visit or send a check made payable to: The Greenwich Department of Human Services Fund, Inc., Attn: Boots & Shoes, Department of
Human Services, 101 Field Point Road, Greenwich, CT 06830.

GDHS Fund has also set up a Boots & Shoes Amazon Wish List.

Select gift registry address for direct shipment of DSW gift cards to GDHS. Visit:

“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of the Greenwich community,” Punturo continued. “Together, we can ensure that every child in our town has access to a new pair of shoes.”

For more information on how to donate to “Boots & Shoes,” please visit the Greenwich Department of Human Services Fund website at or call 203-622-3715.

The Greenwich Department of Human Services Fund accepts charitable contributions to support programs and services offered by the Town of Greenwich Department of Human Services and promotes community awareness of the needs that these programs and services are designed to address.