Salvation Army red kettle cash donations harder to come by

Posted at 4:19 PM, Nov 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-17 18:19:21-05

The sound of kettlebells outside of your favorite neighborhood store means it's officially the kickoff of the holiday donations season for the Salvation Army.

As the use of debit and credit cards go up, that means cash donations are harder and harder to come by. 

The Salvation Army says those red kettle donations enable them to run programs year round and are incredibly important. 

The Salvation Army said they've actually tried using card readers at the donation kettles, but it's often too cold outside and folks don't want the hassle of running a credit card, so they've had to get creative when it comes to making sure they get the donations they need to sustain the Salvation Army year round. 

"Out of concerns that people are moving towards a cashless society we've actually started a red kettle kick off event November 1st," explained Major Bob Lloyd with the Salvation Army. "We recently had that event and it performed really well. We had a lot of people come down to the Boise Center and get a good start to the season so we are really optimistic about where we are going right now."

If you'd like to donate to the Salvation Army online this holiday season, you can find a link to an online kettle drive here.