Wal-Mart Pledge

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Wal-Mart has come to the aid of the Salvation Army. The Christian charity has been stung by rival retailers telling it to ring its kettle bells elsewhere.

The world's largest retailer says it will match up to $1 million in kettle donations made at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club locations.

The match offer covers donations through Christmas Eve.

Target made news by banning Salvation bell ringers as well as others asking for money. Wal-Mart allows some, but not all, groups to solicit donations on its properties.

Salvation Army says the contributions will help needy families in more than 9,000 communities across the U.S.