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Charles Warner|Daily TimesThis “Fill the Truck for Local Kids” box is near the General Merchandise entrance of the Wal-Mart Supercenter. The store is using the box to give customers the opportunity to purchase and donate toys and other gifts to the WBCU Truck Full of Toys campaign. The campaign collects toys and other gifts which are distributed by UCARE to the children of needy families in Union County.
Charles Warner|Daily TimesThis “Fill the Truck for Local Kids” box is near the General Merchandise entrance of the Wal-Mart Supercenter. The store is using the box to give customers the opportunity to purchase and donate toys and other gifts to the WBCU Truck Full of Toys campaign. The campaign collects toys and other gifts which are distributed by UCARE to the children of needy families in Union County.
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UNION — The Wal-Mart Supercenter and WBCU Radio have joined forces to see to it every child in Union County has gifts under the Christmas tree this year.


In its 14th year, Truck Full of Toys is an annual campaign conducted by WBCU to collect and purchase toys and other gifts which are distributed by the Union County Aid and Relief Effort to the children of needy families for Christmas. As part of the campaign, WBCU decorates a truck for the holidays to take part in local Christmas parades and for live broadcasts around the county. The events give the public the opportunity to donate unwrapped toys and other gifts to the campaign.


Also helping WBCU fill its truck full of toys is the Wal-Mart Supercenter where customers and employees both the opportunity to help make this Christmas joyful one for the needy children of Union County.


“We have a box set up at the General Merchandise entrance,” Assistant Manager Stacy Farr said. “Customers can purchase gifts here and place them in the box for Truck Full of Toys.


“All of our associates are also donating toward the campaign,” she said. “Our local store is


Farr, who is also the captain of the supercenter’s “Fill the Truck for Local Kids” campaign said the store’s participation is part of Walmart’s belief that “every kid deserves Christmas.”


WBCU President and CEO Chris Woodson thanked Walmart for its participation in the Truck Full of Toys campaign. Woodson said the radio station will conduct a live broadcast from the supercenter on Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon. At that time WBCU personnel will collect the donated toy and other gifts from the supercenter.


The Truck Full of Toys campaign will run through Dec. 15 and conclude with the Union Christmas Parade that afternoon. Woodson said WBCU which has already collected a large number of toys and other gifts will begin delivering some of them to UCARE this week. He said this will give the UCARE members time to sort, wrap and prepare the gifts for delivery.


Anyone who wants to donate toys and/or other gifts to Truck Full of Toys may drop of their donations at WBCU, any branch of Arthur State Bank, the City Union Municipal Building, Wallace Thomson Hospital, and Wal-Mart.


Truck Full of Toys also accepts monetary donations which will be used to purchase toys and other gifts. In October, Union City Council donated $900 to Truck Full of Toys.


Monetary donations should be brought to WBCU and designated for Truck Full of Toys. Both checks and cash will be accepted.


UCARE is an organization of Union County employees who contribute a small portion of their salaries and hold fundraisers to raise funds to the help the needy.


Airport and Stadium Director Ronnie Wade said that some of the organizations UCARE is working with plan to start distributing gifts to needy families on Saturday. He said UCARE will have to get the toys and other gifts this week so they can have them ready for distribution.


In 2012, approximately 60 families received toys and gifts collected through Truck Full of Toys and distributed by UCARE.


For more information about Truck Full of Toys call WBCU at 864-427-2411.


Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at cwarner@civitasmedia.com

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