Salvation Army

November 16, 2011 by staff 

Salvation Army, The Salvation Army is well-known for its ubiquitous red kettles and bell-ringing change collectors.

For this holiday season, the charitable organization is digitizing its 19th-century mode of cash collection with Square, a mobile payment platform.

Print CommentThe non-profit organization will be accepting donations via Square-enabled smartphones at some of the red kettles in four test cities- New York, Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco — when its holiday charity season kicks off on Thanksgiving.

“The very first kettle was in San Francisco 120 years ago,” said Major George Hood of the Salvation Army. “We’ve taken that concept and grown it over the years. We’re finding that technology is changing so rapidly and the opportunities are there.”

Square Inc. provides credit card reading services for mobile devices including the iPhone, iPad and Android. Hood said that Square’s technology makes it easier for people to donate money, with transactions completed in as little as five seconds.

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