As America moves toward becoming a cashless society, The Salvation Army is making it easier for donors to give back during the Christmas season by making a digital gift at the iconic Red Kettles.

The Salvation Army has placed smart chips and QR codes on many Red Kettle signs across Arizona, allowing shoppers to use their mobile devices to make a digital donation. 

Once “bumping” the NFC chip or scanning the QR code, shoppers will be directed to a custom donation page that accepts Apple Pay and Google Pay options, as well as a credit card payment option. Online gifts will be distributed to local Salvation Army units based on the donor’s billing ZIP code, and an email receipt will be sent directly to his or her mobile device. 

“Kettle Pay makes it even easier for donors to join The Salvation Army’s ‘Fight for Good,’” said Major David Yardley, The Salvation Army Southwest Division General Secretary. “It provides an opportunity for people to fight for the thousands of Arizonans experiencing poverty by raising money for Christmas assistance for families in need, as well as year-round Salvation Army programs, such as food for the hungry, shelter and clothing for the homeless, , senior activity and outreach, opportunities for underprivileged kids, and much more.” 

Now in its 129th year, The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is one of the oldest and largest charitable campaigns in the world, providing services to America’s most vulnerable populations year-round.

Yardley added that the goal in Arizona for this year’s Red Kettle Campaign is to raise $3 million.

To learn more and join The Salvation Army in the #FightForGood, visit