December 19th, 2019 – 2:00 PM
Ethan Garrett – Digital News Editor/Video Reporter (WRGA News)
With less than a week away from Christmas, The Salvation Army Red Kettle Bells are ringing out in front of most large stores now.
Among the Bell Ringers is the Floyd County Police Department, Who held a special holiday competition.
We spoke with Sheriff Time Burhalter and Chaplain David Thornton more about this event in the video below:
Chaplain David Thornton has won the Dueling Kettles for a second year in a row.
The Salvation Army has placed smart chips and QR codes on Red Kettle signs across Floyd, Polk, and Chattooga Counties, 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 thousands of NW Georgians experiencing poverty by raising money
for Salvation Army programs in their communities, including food for the hungry, a shelter for the homeless and Christmas assistance for families in need,” said Captain Jason Smith, Corps Officer for The Salvation Army of Rome.