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CONNECTICUT STATE LEGISLATURE KICKS OFF SESSION AND HONORS THE SALVATION ARMY AND WALMART AT THE SAME TIME!
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CONNECTICUT STATE LEGISLATURE KICKS OFF SESSION
AND HONORS THE SALVATION ARMY AND WALMART AT THE SAME TIME!
(The 2012 legislative session opened at the State Capitol and one of the highlights included The Salvation Army and Walmart being recognized on the floor of the House chamber for the "Republican Bell Ringers Campaign.")
HARTFORD - The 2012 legislative session opened on February 8 at the
State Capitol and one of the highlights included The Salvation Army and Walmart
being recognized on the floor of the House chamber for the "Republican
Bell Ringers Campaign." Republican Representatives and Senators, Walmart store
managers, The Salvation Army's officers, and kettle workers stood together
during the Christmas Holiday season at their local Walmart stores and rang the
bell for a "one hour match." The lawmakers collected $14,599.00 and this amount
was matched by Walmart.
The following legislators participated in the campaign: Rep. Selim Noujaim
and Sen. Joe Markley in Waterbury, Rep. Rob Sampson and Sen. Joe Markley in
Southington, Rep. Chris Davis in East Windsor, Rep. Themis Klarides in Derby,
Reps. Rosa Rebimbas and Dave Labriola in Naugatuck, Rep. Jason Perillo in
Shelton, Rep. Christie Carpino in Cromwell, Rep. Tim LeGeyt in Avon, and Rep.
Whit Betts and Sen. Jason Welch in Bristol.
Lisa Goepfert, Director of Development for The Salvation Army's Southern New
England said, "This is our third year ringing bells with the Connecticut
Republican Legislators. It takes a lot of coordination to make it happen during
our busy season, but we have a great time working together and the funds have
grown each year! Walmart is a 'national partner' with The Salvation Army (and
has been for almost 30 years) and we raised $46.5 million at Walmart and
Sam’s stores across the country. I want to thank Mike Rell from the CT
House Republican Caucus and Chris Buchanan, Director Public Affairs and
Government Relations from Walmart for all their support."
The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign is the oldest annual charitable
fundraiser of its kind in the United States. The program helps raise money for
those who need it most in communities nationwide – providing toys for
kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry, and countless social service
programs year-round. From its humble beginnings as a fundraiser started by one
officer for The Salvation Army in San Francisco in 1891, the Red Kettle
Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable
outreach efforts in the United States.