CHICAGO (AP) – Cashless shoppers have a new option to give to the Salvation Army’s red kettle campaign this year using their smartphone.
Leaders hope adding Apple and Google payment options will help in reaching the campaign’s $150 million goal.
The red kettle campaign typically makes up 10% of the Salvation Army’s annual budget. Donations fund programs providing housing, food and other support to people in poverty.
Donors tap their phone to a tag on a sign near the kettle, opening a donation form that suggests giving $5, $10 or $25. Donors also can type in a different amount.
People whose phones aren’t compatible with contactless payment systems can use their camera to photograph a QR code, opening a donation form.
Donations go to the Salvation Army chapter in the donor’s billing zip code.