Retailer matches kettle donations

With a soft economy still affecting the Salvation Army’s Christmas kettle campaign, Wal-Mart is trying to make a difference.

With a soft economy still affecting donations to the Salvation Army’s Christmas kettle campaign, Wal-Mart Canada is trying to make a difference.

The retailer is hosting its annual Fill the Kettle Day Thursday (Dec. 22) with Wal-Mart matching donations made by individuals to Salvation Army Christmas kettles located in its stores nationwide to a maximum of $100,000. Last year, more than $7,000 was raised in Nanaimo.

Wal-Mart has been a strong supporter of the Salvation Army over the past number of years, raising more than $7 million toward food, shelter and clothing for families that live below or at the poverty line.

The Christmas kettle campaign helps the Salvation Army provide direct, compassionate, hands-on service to more than 1.7 million people in Canada each year.