Walmart, Salvation Army unite to fight poverty

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The College Place Walmart will continue to be a gathering spot for toy donations this weekend.

After today’s Toys for Tots toy drive, the store will partner Saturday with The Salvation Army in a “Fill the Truck” toy drive through the 122nd annual Red Kettle Campaign.

The store, 1700 S.E. Meadowbrook Blvd., will join the more than 2,500 other Walmart stores across the nation in the drive. Hours locally are 9 a.m.- p.m. Those who would like to donate new toys and coats are invited to attend. Participants will receive a list of suggested gifts to help fill the truck or collection bin at the store. The collection is expected to provide gifts locally. The Salvation Army supplies items year-round.

“This holiday season, we’re proud to work with Walmart to help the less fortunate in our community,” said Tomas Gonzalez of The Salvation Army in Walla Walla, in a prepared statement. “With strong support from generous shoppers, we know we can bring smiles to more children this Christmas.”

Walmart hosts The Salvation Army’s red kettles and bell ringers through Christmas Eve to help collect funds to provide food, clothing, shelter, financial assistance and other services to those in need. All donations made locally remain local. This year the Walmart Foundation also made a $1 million donation to the campaign. The donation will be shared throughout the country.

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