Betts and Welch Ring Bells, Raise Money for Community

BRISTOL — Monday night State Representative Whit Betts (R- Bristol) and State Senator Jason Welch (R- Bristol) volunteered to ring a bell for the Salvation Army outside of the Bristol Wal-Mart to help raise money for the community during this holiday season.

In just one hour of ringing the legislators raised $407.68 in donations in the famous red Salvation Army kettle. That money goes directly to the Salvation Army and, as in years past, Wal-Mart will graciously make a dollar-for-dollar match to the Salvation Army bringing the total funds raised to $815.36.

“This time of year can be extra difficult for people in need,” said Betts. “I am humbled by the giving spirit of the people in our community that give what they can to those that are less than fortunate; and I can’t thank the Salvation Army and Wal-Mart enough for their generosity.”

“Rep. Betts and I are very grateful to greater Bristol residents for the generosity they showed during our bell ringing event,” Welch said. “These donations will help to brighten the holidays for the most vulnerable residents in our community.”

For more information on the Salvation Army and you can help please visit www.salvationarmyct.org

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