Salvation Army seeks volunteers to help with toy drive

Volunteers help parents pick out Christmas toys and other gifts for their kids during the Salvation Army's annual Toyland Days event in 2018. This year's event will take place on Nov. 9.

The Salvation Army is collaborating with Walmart on a nationwide toy drive Nov. 9. It will be held at Walmart stores around America — including nine locations around Omaha and the two in Council Bluffs.

The drive will go from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and is dedicated to helping children in need, according to a release from the Salvation Army's Western Division, which includes Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.

As part of this event, Walmart is also giving the Salvation Army the opportunity to "ring the bells" at its iconic red kettles. Volunteers will be collecting toys and ringing bells at kettles at participating locations on that day. Volunteers who sign up may end up doing one or the other.

The Salvation Army is needed at each of the following stores:

3201 Manawa Center Drive in Council Bluffs.

1800N. 16th St. in Council Bluffs.

10504 S. 15th St. in Bellevue.

11350 Wickersham Blvd. in Gretna.

16960 W. Maple Road in Omaha.

12850 L St. in Omaha.

6304 N. 99th St. in Omaha.

5018 Ames Ave. in Omaha.

18201 Wright St. in Omaha.

1606 S. 72nd St. in Omaha.

8525 S. 71st Plaza in Papillion.

People interested in volunteering for the toy drive can sign up by going to salarmyvolunteers.com.

Toys collected during the drive will be distributed at the Salvation Army's Toyland events in December at the Omaha and Council Bluffs-area corps.

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