BY LEANN DILBECK –
Scott Brown, manager of the local Walmart Supercenter, said his store and associates are proud to be participating in a nation-wide campaign to the “Fill the Truck” event held in conjunction with the Salvation Army. More than 2,500 Walmart stores will participate in this national toy drive.
This weekend, December 6 & 7, a large truck / trailer will be in the parking lot and volunteers will be at all Walmart entrances to distribute lists of gender and ages of Polk County foster children that the public is invited to buy for and “fill the truck.” The exact number of children was not available as of press time and also in The Pulse December 4 issue.
Notably, 81% of Salvation Army programs saw an increase in need among families with children due to the lingering impact of the nation’s recession. “For the past several years, there has been a growing need in America, and social service organizations like The Salvation Army have seen this demand first hand, “said Major George Hood, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army. “The ‘Fill the Truck’ event with Walmart will help The Salvation Army meet that need this Christmas, and provide something special to children in need.”