Smartphone technology gives donors the option to use digital donations

The Salvation Army of Odessa is making it easy for donors to give at the Red Kettle this Christmas season. Smart chips and QR codes have been added to the Red Kettle signs, providing convenience for shoppers to donate digitally. Donors can easily use their smartphones to “bump” or scan the QR codes, making it more accessible for people who may not carry cash or prefer digital payment methods.

“No cash, no problem! The Salvation Army has integrated Apple Pay, Google Pay, PayPal, and Venmo into donation options at the Red Kettle,” Capt. Justin Vincent with The Salvation Army said in a news release. “Fewer people carry cash these days and prefer the convenience of using their smartphones for giving. This technology simplifies the donation process and encourages people to contribute to The Salvation Army during Christmas and beyond!”

In the United States, The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign raises millions of dollars annually to provide services for people experiencing unexpected hardship. Whether it is helping with rent and utility bills, providing food assistance, or ensuring that children have the necessary school supplies and clothing, The Salvation Army serves as a lifeline for people bearing the burden of financial hardship.

“The Salvation Army has an unwavering commitment to helping people in times of need, and the Red Kettle campaign is a critical source of funding that helps us meet that commitment,” Vincent said in the release. “The funds the community generously gives to the Red Kettle ensures families do not have to make agonizing choices between basic needs like housing, food, and medical care.”

If you’re interested in supporting the Angel Tree program or volunteering to ring the bell please call The Salvation Army at (432) 332-0738, visit us at 810 E 11th Street or go to Thank you for supporting The Salvation Army this Christmas.