Released 6 December 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Salvation Army - Portland Metro
8495 SE Monterey Ave.
Happy Valley, OR 97086
Major Don Gilger
Portland Metro Coordinator
Director of Communications & Marketing
Local Walmart Hosts Red Kettles & "Fill the Truck" Toy Drive to Support The Salvation Army
Initiative to Help Provide a Cheerful Christmas to Local Children
Who: The Salvation Army, Walmart, Kids in need this Christmas
What: "Fill The Truck" event - Walmart and The Salvation Army are encouraging shoppers to purchase gifts for children in need and fill the truck at the event. A Salvation Army Band will be at the Happy Valley Walmart store from 12pm-1pm.
When: Saturday, December 8, 2012, 9am-5pm
Happy Valley Walmart Store
10000 SE 82nd Ave.
Happy Valley, OR 97086
Portland Walmart Store
4200 SE 82nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97233
Cornelius Walmart Supercenter Store
220 N. Adair St.
Cornelius, OR 97113
Why: 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. This is how together, Walmart and The Salvation Army, are "Doing the Most Good." The "Fill The Truck" will help hundreds to thousands of local kids and shows continued investment in the community.
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Portland, OR (December 6, 2012) - 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 "Fill the Truck" toy drive will be hosted at 3 local Walmart stores, along with more than 2,500 other Walmart stores across the country, on Saturday, December 8, 2012.
The "Fill the Truck" event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and run until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, and is open to the general public 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 or collection bin at the store. Once the donation receptacle is full, The Salvation Army will bring the donations to one of four Salvation Army social services locations across the Metro area and distribute the gifts to local children in need.
In addition, Walmart and Sam's Club stores will host The Salvation Army's iconic red kettles and bell ringers this holiday season from Friday, November 23 to Monday, December 24, to collect much-needed funds to support the Army's social service at Christmas and year-round. Last year in the Portland Metro area, Walmart and Sam's Club stores helped The Salvation Army raise more than $46 million nationally-nearly one-third of the record $147.6 million raised. All donations made to the red kettles will remain in the Portland Metro community, and help The Salvation Army provide food, clothing, shelter, financial assistance and other services to 30,000 people a year.
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. 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," said Major Don Gilger, Portland Metro Coordinator for The Salvation Army Cascade Division.
For more information on The Salvation Army, please visit www.salvationarmyportland.org or www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyPortland.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support initiatives that are helping people live better around the globe. In May 2010, Walmart and its Foundation made a historic pledge of $2 billion through 2015 to fight hunger in the U.S. The Walmart Foundation also supports education, workforce development, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness initiatives. To learn more, visit www.walmartfoundation.org.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 124 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at www.salvationarmyportland.org. People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 503.238.GIVE (4483), or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844.
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