Salvation Army to Have “Fill the Truck” Day at Wal-Mart SaturdayThe Salvation Army is doing something different this year to get more donations for those in need this holiday season. On Saturday, December 8th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wal-Mart will be sponsoring a fill-the-truck day to take donations of toys and coats.
Salvation Army coordinator Sharon Hall says this is the only thing that will help them serve all the families and children in need for their Christmas program this year. “The only reason we are going to be able to take care of extra kids is because Wal-Mart has offered to step up and do the fill-the-truck. People can go in and there will be a list of suggested toys they can buy, anywhere from ten-dollars to thirty-dollars. They'll be people in there to help you shop. We're going to have people in the stores to help you shop. Wal-Mart stepped out and is doing that nationally”, said Hall.
Hall says she found out about the program and got the Salem and Centralia Wal-Mart stores to sign up. Both stores will collect toys for the Christmas program and will go to help kids in Marion County.
The Salvation Army Angel Tree program is underway in Marion County as well. Angel trees have been set up in several Marion County area banks so people can pick up their angel, buy a toy for the angel, and return it to their bank. All toys donated stay in Marion County. The program normally serves between 500 and 700 kids at Christmas time.
If you would like more information about the Salvation Army Angel Tree or to become a volunteer, please contact Sharon Hall at 532-5942.
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