From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 two Walmarts in Puyallup and one in Bonney Lake are joining more than 2,500 Walmart stores in the U.S. to provide new toys and coats for children in the area benefited by the Puyallup Salvation Army.
The "Fill the Truck" toy drive is part of the 122nd annual Red Kettle campaign. The Red Kettle campaign, a mainstay of the the Salvation Army across the U.S., takes place at nationwide Walmarts through Monday, Dec. 24.
The campaign collects much needed funds to support the Salvation Army's social service programs during Christmas and year-round.
The three Walmarts taking part in the area for the "Fill the Truck" campaign are located at 310 31st Ave. S.E. and 16502 Meridian E. in Puyallup and also 19205 State Route 410 E. in Bonney Lake.
The event is open to the public to anyone who would like to donate toys and coats to the Salvation Army's cause. When shoppers arrive to Walmart they will receive a list of suggested gifts to fill the collection bin at the store. Hundreds of children in the Puyallup valley will benefit.
"This holiday season, we're proud to work with Walmart to help the less fortunate in our community," said Major Premek Kramerius, Corps Officer at The Salvation Army in Puyallup. "With strong support from generous shoppers, we know we can bring smiles to more children this Christmas."
All donations made to the red kettles this Christmas will remain in Puyallup and help the Puyallup Salvation Army provide food, clothing, shelter, financial assistance and other services.
This year Walmart made a $1 million contribution to the Red Kettle campaign. This donation will be shared by Salvation Army locations across the country to support feeding programs, including meal programs for youths.