Salvation Army offers credit card donations with help from C Spi - - Jackson, MS

Salvation Army offers credit card donations with help from C Spire

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The Salvation Army and C Spire have partnered up to offer a way to make donations by credit card.

With more shoppers using credit cards for the bulk of their purchases, the non-profit charity hopes making it easier and more convenient to make Red Kettle donations will help it reach its $475,000 fundraising goal. 

People can make donations at up to 20 of the non-profit's 65 highest volume Red Kettle locations in the metro area thanks to the availability of smartphones and tablets connected to C Spire's mobile broadband network.

For the next few weeks, over 1,000 volunteers will sing and ring bells for 10 hours at a time in front of local malls, stores and businesses throughout the area.

“It's an important time of the year in the communities we serve as individuals focus on giving and receiving,” said Captain Ken Chapman, regional coordinator for the Salvation Army in Jackson. “It takes an army of volunteers and business partners like C Spire to help us communicate the significance of responding at this time of year.”

On Wednesday, folks at the Salvation Army demonstrated how the technology will work at the Kroger on I-55 frontage road in Jackson. 

C Spire donated 20 smartphones and tablets and is providing mobile broadband service along with funds used to purchase secure e-readers that accept credit and debit card charges.

“We're pleased to partner with the Salvation Army, an organization that is making a difference in the communities we serve,” said Jim Richmond, vice president of Corporate Communications for C Spire. “As a telecommunications company that gets its inspiration from our customers, we're excited about using technology to help support programs that change people's lives.”

Chapman said the mobile credit card donations are safe as donor's personal information and numbers are encrypted and protected from any potential fraud, loss or theft. 

To volunteer for one of the Christian charity's holiday programs, contact the Salvation Army at (601) 982-4881.

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