The new digital donations also help curb the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the amount of physical touch and handling of cash associated with contributing to the Christmas-time campaign.
Digital tap machines will be found at most kettle locations throughout Calgary, according to The Salvation Army.
“Just tap your debit or credit card on the $5 square (up to 10 times) without physically touching the kettle,” a news release explained.
Kettle locations without the new tap machines may still have a regular debit/credit machine to help people donate.
Another way to donate is by texting HOPEYYC to 30333 to make a $5, $10 or $20 donation.
Lastly, you can also donate online by visiting FillTheKettle.com.
“By offering these touchless giving options, we hope everyone who is able can still make a kettle donation this year,” The Salvation Army’s Maj. Al Hoeft said.
“This campaign is probably one of the most important in the 133 years we’ve been serving Calgary.
“There’s a lot of people hurting out there, and we have a lot of work to do to help them.”
The Salvation Army says all kettle donations stay local and fund year-round programs that help the city’s most vulnerable residents.