Help Kids in Need: Fill that Truck!

My local newspaper does a toy drive every year, and we try to help out however we can.  But I know that our community often has its needs met, and the town next to us -- which is larger -- sometimes ends up with kids not getting any toys under the tree.  That same town is where our local Walmart is located, and this time of year, they have their #FillTheTruck drive taking place right now!

How does it work? It's pretty simple.  As a symbol of the trucks that will eventually be filled with real toys to be taken to the Salvation Army, the Walmart stores will have a cardboard box that looks like a truck, all set up and in front of the doors as you leave.  They are there so that you can easily purchase an extra toy or two and drop them in the "truck" on your way out.

That's right. There is no need to make an extra trip or try to drive across town to a charity near you.  Walmart will coordinate with the Salvation Army to get these toys where they need to go.

So, what can you do?

1. Buy an extra, unopened, and unused toy or new coat the next time you shop.
2. Drop it in the "truck" between now and December 14th.
3. Feel good knowing that one less kid will go without this holiday!

What if you can't get out before December 14th? That's OK. You can also donate a gift card online.

You can get even more information about this charitable event at the official Walmart website.  Remember, you don't have to buy a very expensive toy to make a difference.  Some of the items we've picked up with our tight budget include:

  • footballs, basketballs, or soccer balls
  • Barbie dolls
  • Small Lego sets
  • Scooters
  • Baby dolls
  • Play-doh
  • Matchbox cars
And your online donation can be for as little as $1!

Will you give this season? What will you share with a child in need?

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I've received samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  Referral links to shopping sites may have been used.