NORWALK – State Representatives Gail Lavielle (R-143), Fred Wilms (R-142), and Terrie Wood (R-141 teamed up with the Salvation Army on Tuesday to ring the bell outside Stop & Shop on Main Ave. in Norwalk 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.
“Every little bit really does help, and this campaign really shows how your donations impact the lives of people who may be struggling during this time of year,” said Rep. Wood. “I was proud to be a part of this holiday tradition in volunteering for the Salvation Army. I encourage all of my constituents to do what they can to look out for others in their community as well.”
“I’m grateful that the money we collected will go directly towards helping struggling families have a happy holiday season,” said Rep. Lavielle. “We would all like to thank the Salvation Army for the work they do on behalf of local residents by helping with heating costs, putting food on the table, and providing winter clothing. I’m happy we could help with those important efforts.”
“During this time of year it is important to remember those less fortunate, and to extend help to our neighbors in need,” said Rep. Wilms. “Participating in the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign has been humbling. As the holidays approach, I can’t think of a better way to give back to the community than by volunteering my time for this great cause. I encourage my constituents to reach out to those less fortunate during this season of giving, if possible, and thank those who have already donated. I am proud to represent a district that displays so much generosity not only during the holidays, but year round.”The legislators 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.