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story.lead_photo.caption One of The Salvation Army's Angel Trees at the Hot Springs Mall in 2018. - File photo by The Sentinel-Record

In a partnership with Walmart, The Salvation Army will hold a toy drive today at all three of the retailer's locations in Garland County to gear up for the holiday season and the Angel Tree program.

This is the 30th year that Walmart and The Salvation Army have collaborated to meet the needs of local communities. The Walmart Supercenter locations at 4019 Central Ave., 1601 Albert Pike Road and 3604 Highway 7 north, outside Hot Springs Village, will participate in the event.

"Five hundred local families seek Christmas assistance in Garland County every year," Captain Bradley Hargis with The Salvation Army of Hot Springs said in a news release.

"The public's generosity helps The Salvation Army provide 500 children with Christmas toys they would not receive otherwise."

Participating shoppers will receive a list of suggested toy items to purchase, and after they finish shopping, the new toys can be dropped off with The Salvation Army at the front of each Walmart store. The Hot Springs area stores are among several stores nationwide taking place in similar toy drives.

All of the toys collected during the drive will stay local, Hargis said in the release, going directly to the families participating in the Angel Tree program this year.

Hargis said Santa also plans to visit all three Walmart locations to encourage shoppers and "add an air of excitement and Christmas cheer."

"For those unable to participate in-store (today), The Salvation Army has provided a searchable online registry comprising all the items needed; each item requires just one click to purchase. The online registry can be found at https://bit.ly/34Crv8K," Hargis said in the release.

Local on 11/09/2019

Print Headline: The Salvation Army and Walmart host toy drive today

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