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Posted: Sunday, December 8, 2013 4:30 am

The Salvation Army is asking people to fill its truck with toy and clothes donations for children.

Truck-shaped boxes were placed in area Walmarts on Saturday to help meet the needs of children who registered for the nonprofit’s Angel Tree program, said Capt. Christopher Bryant, director of the Salvation Army in Killeen.

“It’s an opportunity for the public to really be able to help out,” he said. “We’re always reliant upon people supporting and donating, and we always appreciate the support we get from everybody.”

Toys and clothes collected are for children ages 15 and younger whose parents already registered them for the Angel Tree, Bryant said.

Toys will be distributed Dec. 19.

Bob Sykes, store manager of the Killeen Walmart, said he was more than happy to participate in the Salvation Army’s collection drive.

“It’s to help our community and lend a helping hand.

“Walmart believes the biggest thing to do for a community is to give back,” he said.

Having the boxes located in stores also makes it easier for customers who want to help out as well, Sykes said.

For those who can’t make it to Walmart stores, toys and clothes can be donated at the Salvation Army location at 1306 Rancier Ave. in Killeen through Saturday.

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