As fewer people use cash and change, it can be a problem during the holiday season for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign.
This year, the Salvation Army is accepting what it calls “Kettle Pay” – which uses smart chips and QR codes to take donations via smartphones.
People who have Apple Pay or Google Pay on their phones can bump or scan the kettles to make a donation through their phones. Once a user does so, a donation page is pulled up on their phone, which accepts the digital payment option.
“More consumers are using their phones to pay for everyday items and Kettle Pay makes it even easier for donors to join The Salvation Army’s Fight for Good,” said Major Ivan Rock, Commander of The Salvation Army’s Empire State Division.
Donors will have their money given to the local Salvation Army unit, as designated by their billing zip code.