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Released 7 December 2012

KNOXVILLE, TENN. - December 4, 2012 - The Salvation Army and Walmart 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 several Knoxville-area Walmarts, along with more than 2,500 other Walmart stores across the country, on Saturday, December 8.

"The Salvation Army is excited to again partner with Walmart. Each year, Walmart is there to help us meet demands and provide a special Christmas to families and individuals in the Knoxville area who may not otherwise have a Christmas to celebrate," said Area Commander Major Albert Villafuerte.

The "Fill the Truck" event will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, and is open to the general public. Shoppers will receive a list of suggested gifts to help fill the collection bin at the store. Once the bin is full, The Salvation Army will take the donations to its Christmas Warehouse and distribute the gifts to local children in need. The Salvation Army hopes to provide gifts to hundreds of local children as a result of the one-day event.

The Knoxville-area Walmarts participating in the toy and coat drive include the stores at:

10900 Parkside Dr.              ;     8445 Walbrook Dr.              ;             & nbsp;   7550 Norris Fwy.

3051 Kinzel Way              &n bsp;      373 S Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge            &nb sp;           2410 US Highway 411S, Maryville

1414 Parkway, Sevierville

For more information, contact The Salvation Army at 525-9401.


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The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established 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 spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to



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