FARGO — The Fargo Salvation Army announced Tuesday, Nov. 18, that it can now accept donations to its Red Kettle campaign via Apple Pay and Google Pay.
The signs above the red kettles outside area stores include the icons necessary to allow users to "bump" or scan their phone to make a digital donation. The funds will then be distributed to The Salvation Army based on the donor's billing ZIP code. An email receipt will be sent to the user's phone as well.
"We are excited about the new giving opportunities that Apple Pay and Google Pay will provide for The Salvation Army and our iconic red kettles," said Volunteer and Public Relations Coordinator Kristi Simmons. "This technology allows The Salvation Army and our supporters to adapt to an increasingly cashless society."
This year, the campaign hopes to secure $900,000 in donations. Collected funds will be used to provide food, clothing, shelter, family mentoring, disaster relief and other critical services for people in need.
The Salvation Army is still in need of bell ringers this holiday season. Just two hours at a kettle raises an average of $60, according to The Salvation Army. To sign up, visit https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/northern/bell-ringing
The first red kettle appeared in San Francisco in 1891 when Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee placed an iron pot on the boat docks and asked people to toss coins in to help the poor. He then placed a kettle on the street asking people to "Keep the pot boiling" and soon he had collected enough money to feed 1,000 people on Christmas Day.