Virtual bell ringers go online for Red Kettle donations

Online accounts can be set up for the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The holiday giving season is already in full swing, and Salvation Army bell ringers are out and about in front of Valley businesses. But as more people carry credit cards instead of cash, it can be a challenge to raise the money needed to serve the community.

Now, there is a new way to give directly from home. It’s called online Red Kettle.

Major Elijah Kahn said just about any organization or individual can form a team and host a Red Kettle campaign of their own online. You can also join other teams, such as the one created for WKBN 27 First News This Morning.

“They use the opportunity to invite their friends and family members to support the Red Kettle Campaign,” Kahn said.

Donations can also be given through a campaign that is already set up, with team members as virtual bell ringers.

“People are busy. We understand that, and most people cannot volunteer with the Red Kettles, but they can host their own Red Kettle from the privacy and comfort of their own home. They can ask their friends and family to support that Red Kettle,” Kahn said.

The whole setup process takes about 5 minutes.

All the money stays here in the Mahoning Valley and will be used for things from soup kitchens to after school tutoring.

“Every donation that is made to the Red Kettle Campaign stays in the community. Once you set up your online Red Kettle, funds that are raised in your community, stay in your community,” Kahn said.

A competitive element is also available. Gifts can be matched and challenges set up.

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