Salvation Army, Walmart to help Santa

Dale Simmons

MICHIGAN CITY – The Salvation Army of Michigan City and Walmart are again teaming up to make sure hundreds of local children can find toys under their Christmas trees.

Volunteers from the charitable organization will be taking part in the annual toy drive on Saturday at the Walmart at 5780 Franklin St. in Michigan City.

The Michigan City Walmart is one of hundreds of stores nationwide taking part in similar toy drives, giving shoppers a list of suggested toy items for local items. Customers can then purchase a toy on the list and drop it off with a Salvation Army volunteer at the front of the store.

“The public’s generosity helps The Salvation Army provide hundreds of local children with Christmas toys they would not receive otherwise,” Major Dale Simmons of The Salvation Army of Michigan City said. “Last year, The Salvation Army of Michigan City served 640 families with food and toys for Christmas, including more than 1,000 children.”

For those unable to participate on Nov. 9, The Salvation Army has a searchable online registry of all the items needed, and each item requires just one click to purchase. Visit and search for The Salvation Army of MC under registry events.

Walmart and The Salvation Army have collaborated for more than 30 years to meet local community needs, Simmons said. Nationwide, supporters like Walmart help The Salvation Army serve more than 23 million Americans each year through a range of social services aimed at helping families overcome poverty.

All toys given to The Salvation Army in Michigan City will remain in the community and help provide Christmas assistance to hundreds of local children and families in need.

To learn more and find out how you can get involved, visit

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