PLAINVILLE - State Sen. Henri Martin and state Rep. William Petit Jr. put on Santa hats Monday night to ring bells for the Salvation Army at Gnazzo’s Grocery.
The legislators were joined by Salvation Army Lt. Emmanuel Echavarria, who provided them with official collection buckets and aprons and thanked them for their support.
Within minutes, customers began making donations.
“There is a lot of need this time of year,” said Echavarria. “Some people have lost their job or maybe others have lost their homes with the flooding in Texas, Puerto Rico and Florida and are being supported by relatives. We are here to support them and we couldn’t do anything if not for the charity of volunteers and the people that support them.”
Martin said ringing bells for the Salvation Army is an opportunity to “remind people about what the Christmas season is all about in our own little way.”
Martin noted that he has rung bells at Walmart and for the Rotary Club.
“I hope everybody takes the time to enjoy being with their family and to reflect on why we are celebrating Christmas,” he said.
Petit said he also has rung bells with the Rotary Club. Although he was not a member, he supported his father’s and sister’s efforts.
“I think everybody is looking to help people out this time of year,” he said. “While many people in Connecticut are reasonably prosperous there are also many in need. One of the reasons that people like to support the Salvation Army is that they are able to do a lot with very low overhead.”
Petit wished everyone a merry and healthy holiday season.
“I hope everyone will be able to maintain a positive attitude and reach out to help others,” he said. “With the budget cuts we are facing, it will be especially important to help out your neighbors, your nonprofits and your churches.”