Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Salvation Army is going High Tech for Donations

Welcome to the weekend! Now that the Christmas Season has officially begun, I thought this would be a good day to do a post on how to help others... with a high tech twist.

In the U.S., we're all familiar with the Salvation Army and it's minions of bell ringers. These dedicated folks stand outside stores, malls, etc and ring bells while standing next to red kettles where shoppers can toss in whatever they would like to donate.

The problem with this method of dontating is what if you don't happen to have any cash or change? I know that I tend to use plastic and consequently don't always have cash available for this type of donation. Here's where tech comes in to help.

At some Bell Ringer stations this year, there will be signs giving you a number that you can send a text message to that will charge your cell phone bill $5 and make that donation to the Salvation Army. How cool is that? The system is quick, requires little effort, and helps others.

As the Holidays approach, it's important to think of others. I know the economy has affected some of us negatively, but if you've been fortunate enough to be blessed with good finances this Holiday Season, please consider sharing your blessings with those less fortunate.

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