Wal-Mart and The Salvation Army have announced they are partnering this Christmas season to help provide new toys and coats to local children on Christmas as part of the 122nd Annual Red Kettle Campaign.
The "Fill the Truck" toy drive will be hosted Satuday at 2802 S. Center St., along with more than 2,500 other Wal-Mart stores across the country.
The "Fill the Truck" event will begin at 9 a.m. and run until 5 p.m. and is open to the general public who would like to donate new toys and coats to children who take part in The Salvation Army programs year-round. Upon arrival, shoppers will receive a list of suggested gifts to help fill the truck at the store. Once the donation receptacle is full, The Salvation Army will bring the donations to The Salvation Army and distribute the gifts to local children in need. The collection is expected to provide gifts to more than 700 children.
In addition, Wal-Mart will host The Salvation Army's iconic red kettles and bell ringers this holiday season until Dec. 24, to collect much-needed funds to support the Army's social service at Christmas and year-round. Last year in Marshalltown, Wal-Mart stores helped The Salvation Army raise $17,103 locally, and more than $46 million nationally - nearly one-third of the record $147.6 million raised. All donations made to the red kettles will remain in Marshalltown, and help The Salvation Army provide food, clothing, shelter, financial assistance and other services to more than 2,000 people a year.