Hundreds Pull Together For A ‘Helping Hand For The Holidays’


UPDATED: Monday December 17, 2012 5:36 PM

Donations made by central Ohioans at area Walmart stores are now one step closer to helping families for the holidays.

Dozens gathered in the parking lot of a Hilliard Walmart store to deliver the toys to the Ohio State Fairgrounds on Monday.

For the past three weeks, 10TV has partnered with the Salvation Army, Walmart and WCOL to collect money and thousands of toys.

“It’s good, especially during Christmastime, to have something you can embrace, something that helps lift your spirits, and I think this is a great event in doing that,” said John Rencher of Walmart.

A convoy of Walmart trucks, loaded with the thousands of presents, made its trek across town to the DiSalle Center at the Ohio Expo Center.

Truck Driver Jason Imhoff said that he enjoys playing Santa Claus.

“I’m glad we can be a helping hand in this,” Imhoff said. “We haul stuff all year long, but this is what it’s all about.”

Major Frank Kirk of the Salvation Army said that the program is about spreading the Christmas spirit to those who might not otherwise receive it.

“For children who receive toys, this talks about hope,” Kirk said. “We do it because there’s a generous people in our community who care and make our resources available.”

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