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BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Prompted by the great need in the wake of Hurricane Katrina's devastation, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and the Salvation Army said Friday that they were extending the duration of the charity's 2005 holiday fundraising drive at all 3,800 Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores across the country.
The expanded time frame will permit the Salvation Army to double the number of days for its traditional holiday "Red Kettle Campaign" at Wal-Mart stores, from Friday, Nov. 18 through Christmas Eve.
"Due to The Salvation Army's efforts during [the Katrina] disaster and their long history of assisting those in need, we want to give them every opportunity to fill their kettles of hope," said Wal-Mart & Sam's Club Foundation head, Betsy Reithemeyer.
Last year, the Salvation Army raised $102 million in its kettle campaign, with $17 million raised in front of Wal-Marts and Sam's Clubs, helping to provide assistance for nearly 33 million needy people in the United States. Funds raised through the kettles stay in local communities.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates Wal-Mart stores, supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and Sam's Clubs in the United States. Internationally, the company operates in Puerto Rico, Canada, China, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, United Kingdom, Argentina and South Korea.