Pictured is one of the Toss A Toy trucks at Lee Kinstle. Walmart is sponsoring a shopping day for Toss A Toy this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (DHI Media/Sherry Missler)
Pictured is one of the Toss A Toy trucks at Lee Kinstle. Walmart is sponsoring a shopping day for Toss A Toy this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (DHI Media/Sherry Missler)

VAN WERT — Eric McCracken at Lee Kinstle Sales and Service urges local residents to stop out to the Van Wert Walmart store this Saturday and buy toys to support Toss A Toy.

“Toss A Toy is a local toy collecting drive that we do every year," said McCracken. "We collect the toys, our local Salvation Army decides how to disperse those toys and every year our community gets behind it. We’re excited this year but we’re also behind. We need your need, call us if we need to pick up a toy, you can drop one off at the Lee Kinstle showroom or come shop with us on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at our local Walmart where you get 50 percent off anything you throw in the cart.”

McCracken explained how the shopping event at Walmart works.

“If you are out doing your family’s shopping, you can pick up a toy or coat for Toss A Toy," he said. "When you get to one of the designated check out lines, you say, ‘Hey, this is for Toss A Toy,’ and they will put it in a separate cart and give you a 50 percent off that item.”

He mentioned that the program is also collecting items such as coats.

“The great thing about Walmart is that they will give you 50 percent off anything that you designate for Toss A Toy. There’s a lot of kids out there that need more than a toy, they might need a coat to go along it, they might need a stocking hat," McCracken said. "There’s all kinds of things kids are in need of. We will donate anything you put in those carts to the Salvation Army.”

McCracken is hopeful the community will rally around the program as it has in the past.

“We’re gonna have five or six trucks out there," he said. "Our goal is six truck loads this year. We appreciate the local businesses, factories and clubs that raise money all year long and then go shopping that day. It doubles their money. You can buy two items for the price of one. It’s just pretty awesome.”

He emphasized that everyone can get involved in this event, even those who can’t come out on Saturday to shop.

“Get a check here to Lee Kinstle before Saturday, make it payable to Walmart and we’ll shop for you," said McCracken. "Or if you want to join in the fun, bring your money to Walmart this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and we’ll help you shop out there, either way. We also need volunteers.”

McCracken issued a special plea for a particular group. “Every year it seems that the teen-ager group gets a little less. They need toys too. The great thing about the Walmart event is that you can buy a $60 item for $30 where a teen-ager gift becomes affordable.”