The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree toy collection is off to a slow start this year with more families completing applications than last year and more toys needed to fill the list. In an effort to increase donations for the annual collection, The Salvation Army will host a “Fill the Truck” event 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at all four area Walmarts.

Last year, thousands of toys were displayed at The Salvation Army’s Toy Shop on the Christmas Assistance distribution days, and parents or guardians were able to find the toys that would suit their children. The new Toy Shop style distribution has helped The Salvation Army make sure every child receives a toy. For more information on how to give a gift, locate an Angel Tree at an area Walmarts or NorthPark or SouthPark malls. If you are interested in becoming a Toy Shop Escort, sign up at