Toy drive kicks off Friday

SEATTLE -- On Friday 58 Washington Walmart stores will be collecting gifts throughout the day from shoppers and the public. Two uniformed members of the U.S. Marine Corps will be at the newly opened Bellevue Walmart at Factoria, from noon-4 p.m. Friday. The Walmart Foundation will also give a $25,000 grant to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program in Washington, to help needy families this holiday season.

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation assists the U.S. Marine Corps in giving new toys to disadvantaged children at Christmas. Today, there are nearly 25,000 Marines, Marine Corps League members, veteran Marines and volunteers involved in the annual campaigns.