A toy drive is planned Saturday, Dec. 8, at Houston Walmart in Houston.

Walmart and The Salvation Army are partnering this Christmas season to help provide new toys and coats to local children on Christmas as part of the 122nd annual Red Kettle Campaign.

The Houston Walmart will be among the more than 2,500 stores across the country hosting the “Fill the Truck” toy drive Saturday. The event is from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and allows the public 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 or collection bin at the store. Once the donation receptacle is full, The Salvation Army will bring the donations to Texas County Food Pantry and distribute the gifts to local children in need.

In addition, Walmart will host The Salvation Army’s iconic red kettles and bell ringers this holiday season through Monday, Dec. 24, to collect much-needed funds to support the Army’s social service at Christmas and year-round. Last year in Texas County, the Houston Walmart helped The Salvation Army raise more than $17,000 locally. Donations made to the Salvation Army in Texas County provide food, clothing, shelter, financial assistance and other services to those in need.

This year, the Walmart Foundation also made a $1 million donation to The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. The donation will be split among the four Salvation Army territories and support feeding programs, including meal programs for youths.

“The Salvation Army is excited to partner with Walmart,” said Bennie Cook, food pantry director and Salvation Army representative for Texas County. “Each year, Walmart is there to help us meet demands and provide a special Christmas to families and individuals who may not otherwise have a Christmas to celebrate.”

For more information on The Salvation Army in Texas County, visit website www.txfoodpantry.com or www.facebook.com/TexasCountyFoodPantryInc

Persons can also call 417-967-4484.

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