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Shoppers can help Salvation Army today

Dec. 8 is date for 'Fill the Truck' events at Walmarts in area

CRYSTAL LAKE – For one day only, The Salvation Army will partner with more than 70 Walmart stores across the Chicago area, including those in McHenry County, to host a “Fill the Truck” toy drive that will provide new toys and coats to local children in need this Christmas.

The collection will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at participating Walmart stores.

The event is open to anyone who would like to donate new toys and coats to children who take part in Salvation Army programs year-round.

As they enter the store, shoppers will receive a list of suggested gifts to help fill The Salvation Army’s truck or collection bin.

The donations will be used to help children in need in McHenry County.

The local Salvation Army expects to serve more than 700 families with its Christmas assistance program, said Linda Hunter, the spokeswoman for the local unit.

The collection is expected to provide gifts to thousands of children.

Community members interested in volunteering for the event can call Hunter at 815-455-2769, ext. 16, or email

– Northwest Herald


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