HARTFORD—State Rep. Themis Klarides on Wednesday joined several Republican legislators in introducing representatives of Salvation Army and Walmart to their House colleagues, providing details of the House Republican effort to raise money for needy residents during the last holiday season. Klarides and a dozen or so other Republican legislators in December took up hour-long shifts running Salvation Army collection kettles at Walmart stores throughout the state. Klarides, for example, volunteered for a shift in Derby. Walmart officials pledged to match dollar-for-dollar what the state legislators helped collect. All totaled, Republican legislators collected roughly $15,000—an amount Walmart matched. Klarides and her colleagues hosted Walmart and Salvation Army representatives on the opening day of the 2012 legislative session at the Capitol, where the full body of the House applauded the overall effort. In this photo, Klarides, who represents Derby, Orange and Woodbridge, stands alongside Salvation Army Major Theresa Burkholder of Ansonia.