In the News
Carpino Joins the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign
CROMWELL- State Representative Christie Carpino (R-32) raised $379.48 for the Salvation Army’s “Red Kettle Campaign” on December 5th outside of Wal-Mart in Cromwell.
Wal-Mart promised a dollar-for-dollar matching contribution bringing the total to $758.96 raised for the Salvation Army by Rep. Carpino’s volunteer efforts that hour. Through the Bell Ringing Across America program, Wal-Mart partners with the Salvation Army to promote the famous red kettle tradition of holiday giving. More pictures, State Rep. Carpino comments, and red kettle history...
WTIC Holiday Store, Celebrating 24 Years!
GREATER HARTFORD - We celebrate our 24th Anniversary this WTIC Holiday Store Season with an open invitation to you to attend our Opening Day Pajama Party (pajamas optional) on December 13th! The store began in 1990. It originated as an idea of WTIC program director, Jack Mitchell, that the station sponsor a holiday promotion, which would enlist the community in a unified effort, while at the same time benefit those in need. What we raised last year and more details...
(A slight role reversal as Rocky "rings the
bell," while Lt. Manny Echavarria works the "thunder sticks.")
Only 117 More Days* Until Opening Game!
Salvation Army Helps Rock Cats Count Down
NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Rock Cats held their annual
Winterfest, on Saturday, December 7, at New Britain Stadium.
This celebration featured arts and crafts for the kids (or kids at heart), face
painting, photos with Santa and Rocky, free food and drinks, inflatables, and
in total... just a lot of fun! Guests were asked to make a donation: new books;
games; and/or gloves, coats, hats, and scarves to The Salvation Army for
distribution to families in need of help for the holidays. Everyone that
donated received a ticket to opening night on April 3, courtesy of the United
Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, and a pass for the University of
Hartford Hawks Men's Basketball game on December 22.
Families started arriving early and never stopped coming! Read more about how The Salvation Army participated...
Singing Instead of Ringing
MANCHESTER - Some bell ringers rarely even ring the bell! For example, Officer Major Doug Jones from The Salvation Army in Manchester, Connecticut, prefers to sing Christmas Carols when he volunteers his time as part of his Red Kettle Campaign each year. If you have been shopping recently at the Christmas Tree Shops in Manchester, you may have heard him yourself. While others play instruments, and most ring bells, every volunteer helps to make a difference and every dollar donated allows us to meet needs this holiday season and year-round.
Willow Creek Farm Collects Toys
Over 95 toys to benefit Voluntown!
SOUTHBURY - Jill Sloane and Raj Bhatia, owners of the Willow Creek Equestrian Center, held their annual Christmas Party on Friday, December 6 in their great barn. This year's event was held in support of The Salvation Army's Christmas Toy Drive. In response, guests brought over 95 toys. Everything from wristwatches to Tonka toys and Barbie Dolls will be delivered to families in Voluntown, Connecticut, whose circumstances don't allow them to purchase Christmas gifts for their children. Many, many thanks to Jill, Raj, the riders, and friends of Willow Creek Farm for helping us to spread joy this Christmas season! We are very, very grateful for your selfless generosity!
Volunteering Knows No Age
NORWALK - The Salvation Army was recently surprised by the rich history of volunteerism by one long-time volunteer. When Margaret Horn (Dyer) recently came to volunteer, she brought with her a photo from her bell ringing with Major John Hudson in 1955! Here she is, pictured today, with current Norwalk Officer Captain Diego Bedoya. For volunteers like Margaret, we could not be more thankful!
Bell Ringing the United Way
DANBURY - The United Way of Western Connecticut's Chief Executive Officer, Kim Morgan, and staff help support The Salvation Army in Danbury by ringing the bell at the Danbury Fair mall! This is another great example of the nonprofit community helping each other this holiday season. To the many groups and volunteers that make our Red Kettle Campaign a success, thank you.
State Senator Linares Rings the Bell
OLD SAYBROOK - State Senator Art Linares, pictured with our Director of Volunteer Resources Kathy Orfitelli and East Middlesex County Service Unit Chairman Susan Consoli, rang the bell outside of the Old Saybrook Walmart on December 4. Funds raised will benefit those in need from Old Saybrook. A partnership among The Salvation Army, the Connecticut Republican Party, and Walmart results in Walmart generously matching contributions received dollar-for-dollar during these special ringing events. We thank everyone involved, including all those who donate during the holiday season.
Seasonal Outfitters Touches Many Lives
NEW LONDON - Recently, Seasonal Outfitters made a very generous donation to The Salvation Army in New London of over $6,000 worth of Alpine Jackets, Rainwear, Fleece Jackets, and more for children and adults. Seasonal Outfitters is considered a one stop shop for all seasons in Mystic, Connecticut. Whether it be through volunteering, putting some change into our kettles for Giving Tuesday, or making an incredible clothing donation such as this, it all goes a long way in helping The Salvation Army to meet the needs of the many communities that we serve. We thank you!
Achievement First Gives Back Again
Hartford school donates food to people in need!
HARTFORD – We just celebrated a wonderful
Thanksgiving holiday, where we served many individuals and families who were in
need. It’s the time of the year when people are thankful for what they
have are willing to help those who are less fortunate.
Generously, the children from Achievement First Hartford Academy Elementary
School collected food again this year to help those in need. Continuing a great tradition...