NEW FAIRFIELD – State Representatives Richard Smith (R-108) and Michael Ferguson (R-138) along with State Senator Michael McLachlan (R-24) teamed up with the Salvation Army on Tuesday to ring the bell outside Stop & Shop in New Fairfield and raise money for local residents in need this holiday season as a part of their Red Kettle Campaign. They stood outside the store and asked shoppers to contribute money to the kettle. All proceeds went to the Salvation Army.
“As much fun as we had ringing the bells and meeting shoppers, I am happy that the money we collected will go directly toward helping struggling families have a happy holiday season,” said Rep. Smith. “We would all like to thank the Salvation Army for starting this campaign and for all of the work they do on behalf of local residents. It is not always obvious in our community when a family is in need, but the Salvation Army acts as a good example of an independent organization which will provide a safety net for those families by helping with heating costs, putting food on the table, providing appropriate winter clothing, and other forms of charity.”
“Every little bit helps this Christmas season,” said Rep. Ferguson. “I’m thrilled to volunteer for such a lovely American holiday tradition centered on helping people in need. The Salvation Army provides for the poor and hungry both at Christmas and all year round. Their famous red kettles and silver bells on our street corners are truly part of our holiday season. I’m honored to be part of such a long standing tradition like the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign.”
“Helping the Salvation Army raise money that will be used to help people in our community is always one of the highlights of the holiday season for me,” said Sen. McLachlan. “It gives me another opportunity to talk to the people who make New Fairfield such a great place to live. I am always heartened by their generosity.”
Reps. Smith and Ferguson and Sen. McLachlan wanted to note that anyone unable to make it to Stop & Shop on Tuesday could still help them raise money for the Salvation Army by texting “CTREP” to 71777 and donating directly to the House and Senate Republicans’ Red Kettle. Donors may also visit the Salvation Army’s website at www.salvationarmyusa.org to learn of other ways to do good this holiday season; for example, by donating cars, clothing, household goods, airline miles, bonds and stocks, or volunteering for the community.
The Salvation Army responds to natural disasters such as wildfires and tornadoes, provides meals and toys to families in need, and conducts research and analyses regarding human needs around the country. They also provide adult rehabilitation, veteran services, elderly services, missing person searches, housing assistance, youth recreation, sponsorship, and support in the fight to end human trafficking.