I have been very blessed by God. I am married to a wonderful guy (not that we haven’t had our hard times–but we’ve come through them together), we have two healthy, interesting, intelligent kids. He has a good job, I’ve made my blogging into a significant contribution for our family while still being available for our kids and our home. We have a nice house, plenty of food, our health and heat. At Christmas when I reflect on how truly blessed I am–I am reminded that God not only wants my grateful thanks for what I’ve been given, but also for me to pay forward some of those blessings to those who are not as fortunate.
When I see the Fill the Truck boxes or barrels from the Salvation Army at my local Walmart, the Angel Tree or the Toys for Tots bins I am called to action. I love that these charities are so active in the holiday season, and that they use our donations right in our local community. Although this is only the 3rd year for “Fill the Truck” Walmart has been an essential partner of The Salvation Army for over 40 years!
This year at Walmart they have been collecting toys and unwrapped gifts from November 28 through December 14 for the Salvation Army’s Fill the Truck campaign. You still have some time to purchase a few things to donate. Walmart gave me (as one of the Walmart Moms) $50 to purchase items to donate this year. I am so thankful for the opportunity to use that money.
This year I was determined to pick items for older kids–teens and tweens. I think that they are a forgotten group when it comes to charityable giving. It is so easy and fun to pick out toys for little kids. Stuff for teens? Not so much. I picked out a makeup kit and a nail kit (with a special nail dryer built into the case) that I thought most teen girls would enjoy. The inspiration Art Case from Crayola really could be used by any age. Then I couldn’t resist adding one younger child’s toy–an electronic reader with 8 books!
There weren’t too many other toys in the bin when I dropped mine off early Saturday morning–I hope that many more people stop by to fill the truck!
This fundraiser is important to the community and the nation. Last year the Fill the Truck collections spaned three weekends and collected more than 136,000 toys and 6,600 coats from generous shoppers. That’s a lot of families that had a happier holiday due to the generosity of others.
If you can’t make it to the store by this weekend, that’s ok. There is a way to donate ONLINE!
So share your blessings this year at Christmas and donate to the Salvation Army’s Fill the Truck.
note: *Walmart Gift Card online donation promotion is not available to residents of Alabama, Massachusetts and South Carolina.
Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.