Sen. Witkos & Rep. LeGeyt Raise over $1,600 Ringing Bells for the Salvation Army in Avon

December 22, 2015
 Left to right, Senator Kevin Witkos; Jim Gordon, Jim Gordon, Immediate Past President of the Avon Chamber of Commerce; Representative Tim LeGeyt ring bells collecting donations for the Salvation Army at the Walmart in Avon.

Left to right, Senator Kevin Witkos; Jim Gordon, Jim Gordon, Immediate Past President of the Avon Chamber of Commerce; Representative Tim LeGeyt ring bells collecting donations for the Salvation Army at the Walmart in Avon.

Avon, CTState Senator Kevin Witkos (R-Canton) and State Representative Tim LeGeyt (R-Avon, Canton) participated in the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign and collected $1,641.05 by ringing bells for donations on Wednesday December 16 at the Walmart located at 255 West Main Street Avon, CT. Walmart will match donations collected by lawmakers at stores across the state dollar for dollar.

“Every year I look forward to ringing bells for the Salvation Army,” said Senator Witkos. “This organization does an incredible job across the country, including in our own local community, to support those most in need. I appreciate the donations of all sizes that were made this week. The generosity of our neighbors is extremely appreciated and will be put to good use.”

“I am honored to volunteer for such a worthy cause year after year,” said Representative LeGeyt of his sixth year partnering with the Salvation Army and Walmart. “The Salvation Army provides assistance to those in need and gives back to the community, not only during the holidays but also year round. The spirit of giving continues to be alive and well in the Avon-Canton community. I would like to express my most sincere thanks to all of those who’ve supported the efforts of the Red Kettle Campaign today and throughout the holiday season. I’d also like to thank Wal-Mart for their generosity in matching what we’ve raised.”

Jim Gordon, Immediate Past President of the Avon Chamber of Commerce and the retired Director of Marketing & Public Relations for the Salvation Army in Southern New England, applauded Witkos and LeGeyt for their efforts.

“I’m thankful for all the donations we received and the dedication of Sen. Witkos and Rep. LeGeyt to supporting this program every year. The Red Kettle Campaign plays an important role in our community, providing necessities to vulnerable families and children. We have an incredible community of supporters here in Avon and across New England. I thank everyone for their outpouring of support especially during the holidays,” said Gordon.

The Red Kettle Campaign collects donations from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve. Funds raised go to local Salvation Army centers and help provide holiday dinners, clothing and toys for families in need. Funding sometimes stretches beyond the holiday season and donations can provide aid for families, seniors and the homeless throughout the year.

The Salvation Army operates 7,546 centers in communities across the United States. These include food distribution, disaster relief, rehabilitation centers, anti-human trafficking efforts, and a wealth of children’s programs. The Red Kettle Campaign began in 1891 and raises millions of dollars each year during the holiday season.

For more information on the program visit: www.salvationarmyusa.org.