The following letter was sent to Darien Sport Shop president Gina Zangrillo — it is reprinted here at the author’s request.

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Darien Department of Human Services, I would like to thank you for your donation of new clothing, shoes, and accessories for our annual Back-to-School Program.  We were overwhelmed with your generosity! Back-to-School shopping can be a financial burden for many Darien families particularly those with multiple school-aged children. With the school supplies they receive from our Back-to-School program and your generous donation of clothing, these children will be able to start off the school year in a positive manner.

We can only do what we do with the support and generosity of individuals and organizations like yours.  Your help make our programs possible! Thanks, again, for supporting our programs and, more importantly, touching the lives of our neighbors.  Your outreach means so much to us and more, importantly, to the clients we serve. I look forward to continuing this meaningful relationship.

Ali Ramsteck, LCSW, Director

Darien Department of Human Services