MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and the Christmas spirit is in the air. Coming with it once again is the Salvation Army’s red-kettle campaign.
“Kettle season doesn’t just fund our operations through Christmas, they actually fund everything we do all year round,” said Lt. Elisha Moretz of the Marietta Salvation Army.
Funding a Salvation Army operation costs tens of thousands of dollars, but the Marietta and Parkersburg are getting a head start with the red-
kettle kickoff at 6 p.m. Friday at the Grand Central Mall.
“It’ll be held at center court, just in front of H&M. Again at 6 o’clock, we’re going to have the select choir from Jackson Middle School. They’re going to sing. We’re also going to have a brass band that’s made up of individuals from the area,” said Maj. Patrick Richmond of the Parkersburg Salvation Army.
To help raise money across the nation, the Salvation Army has implemented a new way to donate.
“For those of us who don’t like to carry around cash all the time, they’ve launched what they’re calling ‘Kettle Pay’ and you can see on the sign here, it’s compatible with Apple Pay and Google Pay,” Moretz said.
He said donating this way is convenient in more ways than one.
“People can scan this and continue walking into the store," he said. "They don’t have to stand there playing around with devices or anything like that. It’ll pop up on their phone. They don’t have to stand within a certain radius of the kettle or anything like that. They can continue that at their leisure.”
According to Moretz, you can scan a code anywhere in the country and your donation will still go to your local Salvation Army.
“Any payments received through Apple Pay and Google Pay, they actually go to the local Salvation Army in the zip code of the donor,” he said.
Even though they’re both in the MOV, the Salvation Army from Marietta and Parkersburg will be collecting separately, even at the kickoff on Friday.
“They’re with us at the mall for the kettle kickoff on Friday, but it’s two separate kettle campaigns,” Richmond said.
Though the Salvation Army is now accepting electronic donations, cash donations will still be accepted.