Walmart Brandon and Child and Family Services of Western Manitoba have teamed up to help make the 2012 holiday season a little brighter for Westman children in need.
Walmart has set up a “Gift Tree” near its entrance and loaded it with more than 350 gift tags for children of all ages.
Shoppers are invited to pick a tag off the tree, buy an age and gender appropriate gift based on the information on the tag, and then take the purchased unwrapped gift with the tag to Walmart Customer Service. They collect all the gifts, then CFS Western picks them up and distributes them accordingly and in time for Christmas.
“We hope Walmart customers will open their hearts and wallets to help these children,” said Susan Cable, community education co-ordinator for CFS Western. “There are lots of children, from newborns to teenagers, who are in need this year.
“Buying a gift for a child who may otherwise not get one at all at Christmas is a perfect way to show what the holiday season is all about — giving to and sharing with others.”
Each year Walmart donates and raises more than $20 million to Canadian causes.
“Helping with CFS Western’s mission is part of Brandon Walmart being committed to the people of the Westman area,” said store manager Michael Humenny.
Brandon Walmart’s regular store hours are Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.