The “Fill the Truck” program held this past Saturday at the Redwood Falls Walmart Store and conducted by the Redwood County Salvation Army was deemed a huge success. The program collected new toys and other items for needy children in the area.
More than 300 items were donated by Walmart customers. and those donations were turned over Saturday night to the Share the Spirit program to be distributed to approximately 170 families in need, along with food, clothing and other items.
According to Roald Haugan, Redwood County Salvation Army coordinator, one of the more memorable mom-ents during the collection was when a family with four children ages preschool through high school showed up with two carts full of packages. Each of the children put a bag or two filled with toys they had purchased into the donation box.
It was apparent the parents had allowed each child to select the gifts they wanted to donate. When they were finished two carts had been emptied, with at least 20 gifts donated by one family.
Those parents were truly teaching their children the importance of helping others who are less fortunate. They came for the sole purpose of giving and went home with nothing for themselves.
Laurie Dolan, Share the Spirit coordinator, was thrilled to see the quantity and quality of the gifts donated.
Items, including a bike, snowboards, skateboards, basketballs, footballs, toy cars and trucks, dolls, stuffed animals, games, a pogo stick, dart boards, flashlights, a tent, a sleeping bag, coats, gloves, etc. were donated.
A sincere thank you is being offered to the generous customers of Walmart who donated to help “Fill the Truck” this past Saturday in Redwood Falls.
Thanks are also extended to Ron Kohls for providing the truck to haul the gifts to the Armory, the volunteers who helped in the lobby and Walmart for allowing the event to take place at the local store. This same experience was held by hundreds of stores across the country. Nationally, Walmart donated a seven figure amount to the Salvation Army and annually allows bell ringers to place kettles outside of their stores.
As of Dec. 8, more than $8,400 has been donated in the local red kettle campaign, with a few days left.
Bell ringers are still needed through the end of the campaign.
For more information about getting involved with the local campaign, call (507) 627-3065.