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Salvation Army introduces a new payment option

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — It’s the season of giving and the Salvation Army is once again hard at work to support people in need.

You’ve probably been hearing the bells ringing around town, but be on the look out for a new option if you don’t have cash with you.

Kettle Bells electronic pay finally came into the Rochester office Tuesday afternoon. However, starting next week at red kettle locations the new initiative will be up and running.

If you have a smart phone and have either Apple Pay or Google Pay, Kettle Bells electronic pay allows you to scan a barcode to donate.

The Salvation Army Director of Community Engagement Rebecca Snapp said this will help immensely.

“It’ll just make it easier for a different audience of people you know think about the downtown subway, how many people just grab their credit card really quick and run to grab their lunch and of course they pass the kettles. I know a lot of people feel guilty about just passing the kettles, but they shouldn’t have to feel guilty.”

Snapp said the goal this year for Rochester is to raise $950,000. The red kettle campaign brings in one third of the overall budget for the organization.

Along with donating at red kettle locations, you can also go online or send a check to 20 1st Ave Northeast.

Ubah Ali

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