Connecticut House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and State Reps. Charles Ferraro and Pam Staneski kept the bells ringing outside the Orange Walgreens last week for the annual Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign.
“Ringing the bell for the Salvation Army is something I look forward to doing every year,” said Klarides. “It is important for us to remember those in need this holiday season. Helping the Salvation Army raise money will help them assist those in our communities that need it the most.”
“It is important that we come together to support organizations that help those in need during the holiday season and throughout the year,” said Ferraro. “The donations received by the Salvation Army will go right back into our communities. I want to thank everyone who stopped by to make a contribution, and I encourage residents to volunteer or donate to organizations that help our community.”
“Volunteering for great charities like the Salvation Army is extremely heartwarming. This is the time of the year when many families are struggling financially, the kindness people throughout our community have shown through their generous donations is truly amazing,” Staneski said. “I am honored to have been a part of such a wonderful event and to have helped such a worthy cause.”
The money raised during the hour-long period will be donated to programs that will help local families in need. Additionally, Walmart has guaranteed that they will match the donations to the Salvation Army collected by lawmakers throughout the state up to $25,000.
The Salvation Army assists approximately 25 million Americans annually helping provide food, shelter, disaster relief, rehabilitation centers, anti-human trafficking efforts, and many other programs. The Red Kettle Campaign was started in 1891, and has become a well-recognized tradition that has raised millions of dollars to help those in need.
To donate or inquire about becoming a bell ringer, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org. Residents can also text CTREP to 71777 to donate.