Credit card kettles rolled out in St. Louis area -

Credit card kettles rolled out in St. Louis area

FENTON, Mo. (AP) -- The Salvation Army is hoping that adding a credit card option will help increase donations to its red kettles in the St. Louis area.
Some branches around the country have been using the machines for a couple of years, but until this week there were none in St. Louis.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Salvation Army officials hope the new option will attract people who aren't carrying cash or change. Average donations jumped from $2 to $15 when donors used electronic payment machines in Dallas, Los Angeles and Colorado Springs in 2008.
The charity's St. Louis region took in about $1 million from kettle donations last year. The money goes toward toys for children, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry and for social service programs.
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