Kids ‘N Boots Aims to Warm Little Feet



Salvation Army seeking donations of new winter boots for children to be collected at fire stations in Boston and at The Paper Store locations in Massachusetts

[BOSTON, MA] – September 16, 2016 – Every child needs a warm pair of winter boots, especially in New England. That is what a new initiative called KIDS ‘n BOOTS is all about: helping put warm boots on the feet of children who need them.

Every year as the winter approaches, The Salvation Army provides assistance to families in need with coats and toys at Christmas time. During last winter, the organization saw a sharp increase in requests for quality, durable shoes and boots in a number of its Boston area corps community centers. This year, the organization wants to be sure that children have winter boots to keep them safe and warm when the snow begins to fly.

KIDS ‘n BOOTS seeks donations of new winter boots (all kids’ sizes) for families who may not be able to afford them. Any type of new winter boots for boys and girls, ages 2 to 18, is welcomed. The Salvation Army will distribute the boots to families in need in time for the winter.

boots-on-fire-truckThe drive was inspired by a woman who lived a life of sacrifice and service to those in need. This public-service project was started by the extended Matzell family in memory of Berniece “Boots” Matzell, a vibrant, caring mother who died at the age of 99 in December, 2015. A mother of four, grandmother of nine, and great grandmother of six, “Boots” got her nickname at a very young age when firemen put her into a huge pair of their boots while responding to a call at her family’s home.

Matzell’s son, Tom, has spearheaded the effort and describes how she inspired the idea, “She was a person who always put others before herself, setting an example for her family by volunteering for many groups throughout her life.” Matzell continues, “Even at age 99, my mother lived on her own and helped out at her local senior center to take care of people many years her junior.” KIDS ‘n BOOTS will help keep Boots’ memory alive for years to come.

Boots will be collected at fire stations throughout the City of Boston the week of September 19-26. The Salvation Army is calling on people who live and work in Boston to bring new boots to the KIDS ‘n BOOTS collection box at your local fire station. A complete list of collection locations can be found at

maria-2WCVB NewsCenter 5 Anchor Maria Stephanos, a longtime supporter of the Salvation Army’s efforts, is serving as a celebrity spokesperson for the campaign and is helping to spread the word about the boot drive via her social media.

About The Salvation Army

Whether it is shelter for a displaced family or a warm cup of coffee for our brave first responders – hope and healing is the message of The Salvation Army. Since 1865, The Salvation Army has been providing social and spiritual services to communities throughout the world. People given purpose, hearts given hope and souls finding redemption – this has been our mission for more than a century.

With heart to God and hand to man, The Salvation Army – an international movement – is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.


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