The Salvation Army Tri-City Corps kicked off its annual Red Kettle Christmas campaign Nov. 8 at Blue Goose Market in St. Charles, according to a news release from The Salvation Army.
The kettles will be fully deployed at 30 locations around Kane County between Nov. 22 and Nov. 29, including Walmart, Hobby Lobby and other locations.
For the first time, donors will be able to make a cashless contribution at the kettles by tapping a smart phone to an NFC sticker and choosing an amount via Apple Pay or Google Pay. Donors with older model cell phones will be able to scan a QR code and contribute using their credit card, the release stated.
According to the release, the Christmas Campaign is critical to the many programs The Tri-City Corps offers, including but not limited to: after school and summer day camp, health and wellness classes, client-choice food pantry, emergency assistance and spiritual care. Nearly 70 percent of The Salvation Army’s donations are received during the Christmas season.The Salvation Army Tri-City Corps is looking to raise $195,000 this year to support programming in Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles and Central Kane County.
“We are indebted to the generosity and compassion of our volunteers and donors during the Red Kettle Campaign,” said Leora Conway-Moreno, Development Director at The Tri-City Corps, in the news release. “Every dollar donated affords help and hope to those who need it most right here in the community. And now with added ease, every tap of the phone extends your ability to change lives.”
Volunteer bell ringers are still needed. To sign up, go to RegisterToRing.com. Bell ringers raise an average of $30 per hour.
“Two hours of bell ringing raises enough to supply Christmas food fora family of six or provide a child with two weeks of after-school programming,” Conway-Moreno added in the release. “Do not underestimate the difference you can make in a person’s life. What may seem like a small amount of time or money to you, may be the difference of life or death, hope or despair to someone else in a time of need. Each dollar or minute counts in the fight for good.”