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November 28, 2017 10:13 PM

Ringing In Donations In A Cashless Society

Tuesday was a big day for charities and non-profit organizations.

Giving Tuesday started six years ago.

It's a day when people around the world are encouraged to donate.

While social media has helped drive the day, some fundraising campaigns are struggling more.

The Salvation Army has been doing its red kettle campaign since the late 1800s.

"The Salvation Army has helped my family out a lot," Bell Ringer Patrick Yellowboy said.

Now bell ringers like Yellowboy are noticing a growing trend. People don't carry cash like they used to.

"There are people who come by and say, 'We wish we could help, but we don't have anything right now,'" Yellowboy said.

Salvation Army kettles in some areas of the country now take debit and credit cards but not here.

"We're in a climate that's moist and cold. It drains the battery. We tried it in two different communities. It worked for a few moments. Then the battery was completely drained," Major Tom Riggs said.

Riggs says if you don't have cash to put in the kettle and would still like to donate, it's simple. Just pick up the phone.

"They can call our office and make a donation using their Mastercard, Visa, or another card," Riggs said.

Riggs also says the weather usually plays a bigger role than what's in people's wallets, and that's bringing a sunny side to donations right now.

Donations that Yellowboy knows make a difference first-hand. Some Christmases growing up he didn't get presents, but The Salvation Army came in the form of Santa one year.

"They drove over 20 presents and dropped it off under our Christmas tree that year. I still remember that," Yellowboy said.

Memories made possible thanks to generous people ringing in the holidays.

The Salvation Army has increased its goal for Sioux Falls by $10,000 this year.
Riggs says that's because they're seeing a growing need in the community.

If you would like more information on how to donate to organizations and charities across KELOLAND, check out our holiday page.

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