During the hour-long event outside the Danbury Wal-Mart the veteran lawmakers wished shoppers happy holidays as they collected hundreds of donations totaling $1,604.54. The store will match their collection dollar-for-dollar, with all $3,209.08 going directly to the Salvation Army.
"The outpouring of community support was wonderful and I want to thank everyone who stopped by to offer their donations and season's greetings," Rep. Giegler said. "The money we raised will go a long way to helping local families in need during the holidays."
“What a great turnout – thank you so much to those who took time out of their busy schedules to stop by, say hello and contribute,” Rep. Carter said. “With the help of Wal-Mart’s matching donation, we’re one step closer to making Christmas a bit brighter for local families in need.”
“We sincerely thank all who donated to help people in need,” Sen. McLachlan said. “Through the Red Kettle Campaign, one person really can make a difference in someone else’s life.”
During similar bell-ringing events between 2009-2012, Republican House Representatives raised more than $45,000 which Wal-Mart matched with dollar-for-dollar contributions, donating nearly $90,000 to The Salvation Army. Totals for 2013 have not yet been tabulated.