The Salvation Army Now Accepting Swipes At Some Locations
The Salvation Army is now accepting donations by debit and credit cards at some locations.
ABC reported last month that Salvation Army bellringers would start using Square devices to accept donations via cards.
“Square is both the name of a product and the San Francisco-based company that produces it, co-founded by Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter. The postage-stamp-sized device connects to iPhones, iPad and Androids through the headphone jack and turns the gadget into a cashier with the ability to swipe credit cards and make secure payments through a free downloadable app,” ABC said.
WECT in Wilmington, N.C. said a few locations in the Wilmington area were using Squares to accept donations.
At Walgreens in Porter’s Neck, bellringer Abraham Pellom said there weren’t many people using the machines, but the word was slowly spreading.
"People said it's a great idea and it's a little slow today. But the people who have donated, they say they're going to tell their friends and neighbors about the new system we've got installed here," Pellom told WECT.
WECT reported that the Independence Mall also equipped a bellringer with a Square, but he said no one had used the machine as of Saturday afternoon.
The Salvation Army said it's about $4,000 behind where it was this time a year ago, according to WECT.