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WalMart Canada is teaming up with the Salvation Army to provide a little extra Christmas change.

On Dec. 23, the company will match all in-store donations across Canada to the Sally Anne’s Christmas Kettle Campaign up to $100,000.

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In Fort St. John, officials from the local not-for-profit organization are excited to add Walmart’s donation to its Christmas target.

The kettle at the local WalMart can bring in $1,000 on a good day, which would mean the organization could receive $2,000 with the added donation, says Captain Ben Lippers with the Fort St. John Salvation Army.

Despite being slightly behind in general donations before it began, Lippers says, overall, the Christmas Campaign has been going well, raising more money than the same time last year.

The organization is trying to raise $200,000 to help make up for the fewer general donations throughout the year. With only days left until Christmas, it has already raised $155,000 – $52,000 of which was raised through the kettle campaign.

As for the food and toy drives, Lippers says the donations have poured in.

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The Salvation Army will also be holding a turkey lunch for anyone in the community who wishes to attend. It will be held starting at 12 p.m. at the Salvation Army on 100 Ave.

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