The Waxahachie Autoplex provided an F-250 King Ranch for the Salvation Army’s Fill the Truck campaign. The one-day toy drive took place over the weekend at the Walmart in Waxahachie.

Waxahachie Autoplex Service Manager Jared Martin said the dealership is always looking for ways to give back to the community and this was a great way to do that.

“This is the first time we’ve every done anything like this,” Martin said. “We normally provide a cardboard truck for something such as this, but we thought it would be a great way to give back to the community by loaning the Salvation Army one of our trucks for the event.”

Martin added that the dealership is making great strides and better efforts to become more involved in the community.

Lt. Jeremiah Romack said Fill the Truck is a national campaign designed to bring Walmart and the Salvation Army together to help families in need.

“This came about through our partnership with Walmart,” Romack said. “They’ve been really great to us by allowing us to ring bells and this is just one more thing they’re trying to do to help us and the community.”

In addition to teaming up with Walmart, several Waxahachie firefighters were on hand to participate in the event. Romack was thankful for the support of the firefighters as he talked about the Salvation Army’s partnership with them.

“The Waxahachie firefighters have been long-standing partners of ours,” he said. “They help us during this time of year collect toys for needy children who might not otherwise have Christmas.”

Not only did the Waxahachie Walmart have a box that people could place toys in, but every Walmart in Ellis County chose to participate in the toy drive.

“Every Walmart around the county has a Fill the Truck box,” Romack said. “And all the toys collected will go to benefit children right here in our county.”

Although the toy drive was a one-day event, Romack said people are always welcome to stop by the Salvation Army and make a donation.

“We gladly accept donations throughout the year,” he said. “People should feel free to drop off gifts and monetary donations at our office or the local fire department.”

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