MARQUETTE - Walmart and The Salvation Army are cooperating this Christmas season to help provide new toys and coats to local children on Christmas as part of the 122nd Annual Red Kettle Campaign.
A "Fill the Truck" toy drive Saturday will be hosted at Walmart's Marquette store, along with more than 2,500 other Walmart stores across the country.
In addition, Walmart and Sam's Club stores will host The Salvation Army's iconic red kettles and bell ringers this holiday season through Dec. 24, to collect much-needed funds to support the army's social service at Christmas and year-round.
Last year in Marquette, Walmart helped The Salvation Army raise more than $25,000. Nationally, the effort raised more than $46 million - nearly one-third of the record $147.6 million raised. All donations made to the red kettles will remain in Marquette and help The Salvation Army provide food, clothing, shelter, financial assistance and other services to more than 25,000 people a year.
"Fill the Truck" will begin at 9 a.m. and run until 5 p.m. Saturday and is open to the anyone who would like to donate new toys and coats to children who take part in The Salvation Army programs year-round. Upon arrival, shoppers will receive a list of suggested gifts to help fill the truck at the store. Once the donation receptacle is full, The Salvation Army will bring the donations to 1009 W. Baraga Ave. in Marquette and distribute the gifts to local children in need. The collection is expected to provide gifts to more than 500 children.
"This holiday season, we're proud to work with The Salvation Army and help provide basic need items like food and clothes to our neighbors in need," said Ross Rosenow, Walmart store manager. "With strong support from our generous shoppers, we know we can bring smiles to more children this Christmas."
For more information on The Salvation Army, visit www.samarquette.org.