Second Annual Fill the Truck Toy Drive is Underway

CLEARWATER, FL (December 2, 2013) – Walmart and The Salvation Army have announced the start of the second annual Fill the Truck Toy Drive, which will bring hundreds of thousands of toys to children across the country.

“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.”

“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.”

The Fill the Truck toy drive is part of Walmart’s more than 40-year partnership with The Salvation Army which also includes the iconic red kettle campaign. All donations made to the red kettles and Fill the Truck boxes help local families in need.

Upper Pinellas County residents can participate at these Walmart stores through December 15:

  • Largo: 1111 Missouri Avenue, N [map]
  • Palm Harbor: 35404 US 19 N [map]
  • Oldsmar: 3801 Tampa Road [map]
  • Tarpon Springs: 41232 US 19 N [map]
  • Clearwater only through December 7: 23106 US 19 [map]

On December 7, the Walmart store at 23106 US 19/Coachman Road in Clearwater will be hosting an event to include The Salvation Army truck, Captain Kettle mascot and brass ensemble playing your favorite holiday tunes from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. We invite shoppers to stop by, have their picture taken with Captain Kettle, donate a new, unwrapped toy for a local child in need, and enjoy the music of the season.

“Our most-needed items are for children ages 10-12,” says Captain Zach Bell, Commanding Officer for The Salvation Army in Upper Pinellas County. “Sports equipment like basketballs or footballs, action figures, skateboards, board games and dolls for all ages will help us provide for local children who might otherwise go without this Christmas.”

Donation boxes will be located next to the red kettles Monday – Saturday and at the customer service desks on Sunday through December 15.

The toys will be distributed through The Salvation Army Joy Center Toyland, where parents are able to “shop” for toys for their children and receive a food basket, all for free because of the generosity of the community. Individuals or groups that would like to sign-up to help with the toy distribution, can do so at www.salvationarmyclearwater.org.

 

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About Walmart

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 245 million customers and members visit our more than 11,000 stores under 69 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2013 sales of approximately $466 billion, Walmart employs more than 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at twitter.com/walmartnewsroom. Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com and www.samsclub.com.

 

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

About The Salvation Army of Clearwater/Upper Pinellas County

Last year, The Salvation Army of Clearwater/Upper Pinellas County served 51,609 individuals through a wide variety of programs and services, including utilities, housing, and food assistance. We visited 9,057 people in hospitals, nursing homes and elderly residential homes to let them know that their community cares for them. We served 26,798 people during the holiday season, many through our Joy Center Toyland program which provides toys and clothing for children who may otherwise go without at Christmas. Our wonderful volunteers gave 15,570 hours of their time to help us serve their neighbors in need. In addition to the programs already mentioned, The Salvation Army continues doing the most good for Upper Pinellas County through youth character-building activities, summer camp, outreach, and various other programs. For more information on how you can get involved, please visit www.twitter.com/clearwater, www.facebook.com/TampaBay, www.instagram.com/clearwater and www.salvationarmyclearwater.org.

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