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The Salvation Army Introduces “Kettle Pay”

Red Kettles in Portland now offer digital donation capabilities through Apple Pay and Google Pay


(PORTLAND, Oregon) (November 23, 2019) – 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 gift with Apple Pay or Google Pay at the iconic Red Kettles.

The Salvation Army has placed smart chips and QR codes on Red Kettle signs across Oregon allowing shoppers to simply “bump” or scan their phones to make a digital donation.

Shoppers will be directed to a custom donation page that accepts Apple or Google payment options. The funds will then be distributed to local Salvation Army units based on the donor’s billing ZIP code, and an email receipt will be sent directly to their phone.

 “Kettle Pay makes it even easier for donors to join The Salvation Army’s Fight for Good. It provides an opportunity for people to fight for the millions of Americans experiencing poverty by raising money for Salvation Army programs in their communities, including food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless. and Christmas assistance for families in need,” said Major Robert Lloyd, Portland Metro Coordinator for The Salvation Army.

Now in its 129th year, The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is one of the oldest and largest charitable campaigns in the world. Every year, the campaign raises millions of dollars to provide toys for kids at Christmas, clothes and shelter for the homeless, food for the hungry, after-school programs for kids, and other services to America’s most vulnerable populations year-round.

The Salvation Army in Portland will kick off the Red Kettle season on Saturday, November 23 at Lloyd Center with a Red Kettle Takeover from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM. Come see the new smart chips and QR codes in action at the Lloyd Center Ice Rink.

To learn more and join The Salvation Army in Oregon visit




About the Red Kettle Campaign

From its humble origin as a fundraiser started by a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco in 1891, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. As part of the campaign, more than 25,000 Salvation Army workers and volunteers spread throughout the country to ring bells and solicit spare change donations to the iconic red kettles from holiday shoppers.  Last year, money raised helped The Salvation Army provide food, clothing, toys and other assistance to 30 million Americans in need. Donate now to help our neighbors in need in the Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington County at


About The Salvation Army Portland

Since 1886, Right here in Portland, The Salvation Army provides help for the most basic needs of local residents without regard to race, creed, social status, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion. The Salvation Army’s services include programs that help people transition from crisis to safety and stability—365 days a year. Last year, The Salvation Army services assisted over 80,000 people across Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas County. Learn more at

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