As America moves toward becoming a cashless society, The Salvation Army is making it easier for donors to give back during the Christmas season by making a gift with Apple Pay or Google Pay at the red kettles.

The Salvation Army has placed smart chips and QR codes on red kettle signs across Marinette and Menominee counties, allowing shoppers to scan their phones to make a digital donation.

Shoppers will be directed to a custom donation page that accepts Apple or Google payment options. The funds will then be distributed to local Salvation Army units based on the donor’s billing ZIP code and an email receipt will be sent directly to their phone.

“(Kettle Pay) provides an opportunity for people to fight for the millions of Americans experiencing poverty by raising money for Salvation Army programs in their communities, including food for the hungry, assistance to those in need, character building for the youth, and Christmas assistance for families in need,” said Captain Joshua Stansbury, corps officer of the Marinette Salvation Army.

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