State Senator Kevin Witkos (R-Canton) and State Representative Tim LeGeyt (R-Avon, Canton) remind residents to give to stop by a red kettle to donate for the less fortunate. The pair participated in the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign ringing bells to collect donations recently at the Avon Walmart located at 255 West Main Street. This year, the legislators raised almost $800 during the event. Walmart will match donations collected by lawmakers at stores across the state dollar for dollar up to a certain amount.
“Thank you to everyone who came out to support this great cause,” said Senator Witkos. “I am so inspired by the outpouring of support and generosity we see every year at this event. Every donation made will help provide food, clothing and shelter for someone in need.”
"During the busy holiday season, I am always so heartened to see that people are remembering their neighbors in need by generously giving to The Salvation Army," said Representative LeGeyt of his seventh year partnering with the Salvation Army and Walmart. "These donations will go a long way to help those most in need thanks to Wal-Mart's generosity in contributing to what we've raised today. I'm honored to again participate in this very worthy cause and I encourage those who couldn't make it today to come down to Wal-Mart and donate to The Red Kettle Campaign."
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.