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Second annual Fill the Truck Toy Drive is underway

Published:   |   Updated: December 4, 2013 at 02:45 PM

Salvation Army of Upper Pinellas partners with Walmart
 
CLEARWATER – 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.”
 
All donations made to the toy drive and the Salvation Army’s red kettle campaign help local families in need.
 
Upper Pinellas County residents can participate at these Walmart stores through December 15:
 
• Largo at 1111 Missouri Avenue, N
 
• Palm Harbor at 35404 US 19 N
 
• Oldsmar at 3801 Tampa Road
 
• Tarpon Springs at 41232 US 19 N
 
• Clearwater at 23106 US 19 - only through Saturday
 
On Saturday, 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 holiday tunes from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Shoppers are invited 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.”
 
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. 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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