The Salvation Army and Walmart employees shop for kids toys to distribute at Toy Shop on Thursday.

The Salvation Army and Walmart employees shop for kids toys to distribute at Toy Shop on Thursday.

Christmas is approaching and stores are stuffed with shoppers trying to prepare for the holidays. The Wal-Mart at 4545 Lafayette Road is no exception, but on Wednesday, Dec.19, 2009, the line at register 13 was unusually long with shopping carts filled with toys. On this day, Salvation Army employees went shopping for the Kids Toy Shop, a program that aids families who have applied for Christmas assistance.

There were many Christmas assistance applications this year and families who requested help to provide gifts for their children. Many from the community donated gifts and cash towards the Toy Shop cause. The long line of shopping carts filled with toys was purchased by the cash donations totaling almost $13,000.

A big reason for having toys purchased by employees is so the Toy Shop has a variety of toys to accommodate for the children’s different ages and genders after evaluating what types of toys have already been donated.

Over ten Wal-Mart employees helped shop for the kids, gave The Salvation Army their own checkout lane and helped with the loading process. Wal-Mart store manager Joe Stephenson gave The Salvation Army an extra $500 to shop with and threw in four new bikes.

“Wal-Mart gives a lot back to the community,” said Stephenson.

Toy Shop distribution day is set for Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009. It’s goal is to help working families who has applied for assistance and that need help putting presents under the Christmas tree.

“I feel honored that they [The Salvation Army] chose our store,” said Chris Buckner, Wal-Mart manager.

Buckner helped with the whole toy shopping process and was glad to be apart of the day’s event.  Buckner really wanted the children of Toy Shop to know “that someone thought of them.”