Cleburne, TX –The Walmart Distribution Center in Cleburne, Texas, was transformed on a mid-December morning, looking more like Santa’s workshop than a warehouse! Salvation Army staff were overwhelmed to see the walls lined with dozens of brand new bicycles and a train engine pulling eight carriages full of toys, all part of a Toy Drive benefitting The Salvation Army Angel Tree program.
Nancy Holt, Cleburne Salvation Army Service Center Administrator was thrilled to accept 139 bicycles and over 1000 thousand toys on behalf of the Salvation Army. She told the employees, “The Salvation Army accepted 800 applications for Angel Tree assistance in Cleburne this year and today we still have 200 that are not adopted. Thanks to your incredible generosity hundreds of children, right here in our community, will have a Christmas”. The Walmart facility has over 900 employees and distributes to retail stores throughout the North Texas area. Walmart staff began collecting toys and bicycles as early as May after Holt was invited to share the details of the Angel Tree, speaking to four shifts over two days, promoting the Toy Drive.
After the presentation, employees formed a human assembly line through the warehouse to the front door where the bicycles and toys were loaded onto a Walmart truck and transported to the Salvation Army Christmas warehouse in Cleburne. Salvation Army staff and bell ringers encouraged and thanked the employees as the gifts were loaded. Tim Cooper, Walmart management, said, “The employees have assisted The Salvation Army in the past but never to this scope. We are so happy to help in this way and support the Salvation Army.”