Every kid needs a warm pair of winter boots, especially in New England. That’s what KIDS ‘n BOOTS is all about – helping put warm boots on the feet of children who need them. The Salvation Army, WCVB-TV, Fire Departments in Boston and many suburban communities, and The Paper Store have joined together to help make KIDS ‘n BOOTS a big success!

KIDS 'n BOOTS is seeking donations of new and "like 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.

How Can You Help?
-Buy a new pair of children-sized winter boots (or donate "like new" pairs from your household) and drop them off at any one of our many collection locations (see listing below)

-Or make a monetary donation to help us buy winter boots from local retailers... any amount helps!



WCVB NewsCenter 5 Anchor Maria Stephanos, a longtime supporter of The Salvation Army, is serving as a celebrity spokesperson for the campaign and is helping to spread the word about Kids 'n Boots via social media.

Kids 'n Boots Donation Centers

-All Fire Department stations within the City of Boston
-Fire Department stations in (list to be announced)
-All Massachusetts The Paper Store locations from 1/17-1/31
-All Massachusetts Salvation Army Corps Community Centers
-Glitterati - 30 Maple Street, Danvers, MA

Thanks for helping us warm many little feet this winter!






How did KIDS ‘n BOOTS start? This public-service project was started by the extended Matzell family (of MA, ME, and FL) 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. She was a person who always put others before herself, setting an example for her family by volunteering for many groups throughout her life, and, even at age 99, 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. The Matzell family and The Salvation Army thank you for donating!