Salvation Army wil be trying credit cards for donations this Christmas

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Salvation Army wil be trying credit cards for donations this Christmas

Postby fffresh » Wed Nov 19, 2008 6:25 pm

An idea that is long overdue;

For the first time, all that empty-pocketed shoppers have to do is swipe their credit cards on scanning technology attached to some kettles.

“People say, ‘Hey I would put money in, but I don’t have any cash,’” said Pat Patey, spokesman for the Army’s DFW Metroplex Command. “They won’t have that excuse anymore.”

The cashless kettles will be unveiled Thursday at a Salvation Army luncheon.


The Dallas News reported the Salvation Army will be testing this in a pilot program at 12 locations in the area. This is an adaption that is badly needed to coincide with the popularity of card payments today since many people no longer carry change.


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Postby kiboko » Thu Nov 20, 2008 2:25 am

Now only if Americans would start being GENEROUS instead of GREEDY!

GREED is what made this financial mess we are seeing. Give and you shall receive!!

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Postby fffresh » Thu Nov 20, 2008 1:40 pm

I would not call it greed. True, greed is widespread in any culture, but it is difficult for Americans to be generous this holiday season when they are struggling to keep their own roof over their head.

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Postby Mogul of Pineapples » Thu Nov 20, 2008 7:30 pm

I would hope the transaction fees on those donations are greatly reduced. It's a 25 to 35 cent charge right off the bat for a card swipe (plus the percentage of total) and if donors are only making donations of a couple bucks you're looking at 17 to 20% in credit card processing fees.
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Postby JG7 » Mon Nov 24, 2008 2:00 am

This site has gotten bigger since I was here last. Anyway That is kind of insane that they charge a charity normal fees. The deserve a break on those fees big time.



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