'Fill the Truck' now accepting gifts for local children at Walmart

Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:52:58 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 05 2013 09:36:27 AM CST
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Walmart and The Salvation Army have begun the second annual Fill the Truck toy drive, which will bring hundreds of toys to local children.

The toy drive, which kicked off on Nov. 29, is part of Walmart’s long-standing partnership with The Salvation Army. The partnership also includes the iconic red kettle campaign.

The Fill the Truck toy drive will take place through Dec. 15 in Walmart stores across the country. In Kansas, collection bins will be located inside Walmart stores across the Wichita metro area during the entire three-week period. The stores will also host Salvation Army volunteers to help promote the drive.

Customers will be able to drop off new, unwrapped toys at the trucks or in the bins through Dec. 15.

“The holidays are a time for gifting, and a time for giving,” said Scott McCall, senior vice president of toys and seasonal at Walmart U.S. “We think every child should have something under their Christmas tree. Our hope is that the Fill the Truck toy drive will help bring holiday cheer to hundreds of thousands of children across the country.”

“Walmart has been such a big supporter of The Salvation Army, and we are so appreciative of all the hard work they put into Fill the Truck,” said Glen Caddy, Major and Wichita City Commander with The Salvation Army. “This year, Fill the Truck is reaching even more customers, and our hope is to provide even more children with a Christmas toy that they would not receive otherwise.”

The Fill the Truck toy drive is part of a more than 40-year partnership between Walmart and The Salvation Army. This year, the Walmart Foundation donated $1 million dollars to the National Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, which will be applied to The Salvation Army feeding programs nationwide.

In addition, Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs will host The Salvation Army’s red kettles and bell ringers between Nov. 29 and Dec. 24. Last year, Walmart and Sam’s Club helped The Salvation Army raise nearly $45 million—or 30 percent of the total amount raised during the campaign.

All donations made to the red kettles remain in the local communities in which they are collected, and will help The Salvation Army provide food, clothing, shelter, financial assistance and other services to roughly 30 million people this year.