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Community works to 'Stuff-A-Truck' for Christmas giving

Keldy  Ortiz

By Keldy Ortiz
Dec. 8, 2012 at 6:08 a.m.
Updated Dec. 9, 2012 at 6:09 a.m.

F.W. Gross Magnet Elementary students and parents came out to support the "Stuff-A-Truck" event at Wal-Mart on Saturday.

Volunteers yelled at passing vehicles Saturday afternoon and for good reason.

Members of the Salvation Army and Wal-Mart employees were outside the retail center urging passers-by to make a donation to help the Victoria community.

At the "Stuff-A-Truck" event, items such as clothes, toys and blankets were being accepted for the cause.

"We're trying to make sure (people less fortunate) have a good Christmas," said Capt. Laura Martin, of the Salvation Army. "If we didn't have drives like this, we would have kids that would not have toys. We don't want that."

Helping out were members of the F.W. Gross elementary school led by student council president Luis Torres.

"The goal is to at least get some stuff for the less fortunate," said Luis, 10. "We need people to donate."

Since Michelle Lanni started working at Wal-Mart, she wanted the store to be more involved in the community. This event helps, she said.

"Last year, there wasn't an event like this," Lanni said. "With Christmas coming up, we wanted to support the community."

Saturday's donation included 66 blankets, 14 jackets, 64 toys and two bicycles.



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