'Fill the Truck' with Toys at Walmarts Saturday
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH and BENTON, KY - Local Walmarts host “Fill the Truck” Toy Drive to support The Salvation Army initiative to help provide a cheerful Christmas for local children.
On Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 am - 5 pm, Walmart stores located in Benton and Paducah on Hinkleville Rd.(across from Kentucky Oaks Mall), and Southside (Irvin Cobb Drive). For one day only, The Salvation Army will partner with the Walmart stores to host a “Fill the Truck” toy drive that will help provide new toys and coats to local children in need this Christmas. The event is open to the general public who would like help by donating new toys and coats to children who take part in Salvation Army programs year-round. As they enter the store, Walmart shoppers will receive a list of suggested gifts to help fill The Salvation Army’s truck. Once the truck is full, The Salvation Army will take the donations to the Salvation Army collection center and distribute the gifts to local children in need. The collection is expected to provide gifts to more than 1100 children.
Walmart and The Salvation Army have partnered for more than 30 years to help support people in need. This year, Walmart and Sam’s Club will once again host Salvation Army red kettles in front of their stores as part of The Salvation Army’s 122nd Annual Red Kettle Campaign between November 23rd and December 24th. In 2011, Walmart and Sam’s Club helped The Salvation Army raise $ 70,688.82 locally, and more than $46 million nationally—nearly one-third of the record $147.6 million raised. All donations made to the red kettles and “Fill the Truck” events will remain in the local community and help The Salvation Army provides food, clothing, shelter, financial assistance and other services to needy families in the region.