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QR Codes offer a new, easy way to give at The Salvation Army Red Kettle!

Submitted by on November 23, 2011 – 2 Comments

Give our Salvation Army QR Code at try!

Have you started to notice Quick Response codes (called QRcodes) popping up on advertising, packaging, bus benches, you name it?

We have too, so that’s why we decided to create a QR code campaign for our familiar Red Kettles.

This year, in addition to Square credit card readers in some markets, traditional text-to-give campaigns and the Online Red Kettle, The Salvation Army here in the Western US is inviting our field units to add a QR code to their Red Kettle signs and give it a try.

Our Territorial Commander, Commissioner Jim Knaggs loves the idea. Click on the white arrow in the video below to learn how to use a Quick Response code.

Our QR codes allow users to scan the code with an app on their smartphone to make a $10 donation to the Army. Once they initiate the scan, their phone will be set up to make a text-to-give donation.

Then, all users need to do is hit send to initiate the donation. Immediately they’ll receive a confirmation request from for a $10 donation. Once they reply with “yes,” the donation will be added to their phone bill by their mobile carrier.

All the materials to start a QR code campaign for our kettles is ready and waiting to be downloaded at Just print the appropriate code on removable Avery #5164 labels, affix one to the front (and back!) of each kettle sign and you’re ready to go.

If you want to begin using the QR codes at your kettles and need more information, please contact your local Development Department or feel free to email me here or my colleague Dona Romine here.


  • Kathy Lovin says:

    Hi Major Sheppard

    There is a separate code for each division and your DHQ would be responsible for apportioning the gifts received via QR code.

    Or, we can work with your divisional development staff to create a custom QR code for your corps. It’s easy to do and we’d be happy to do it if you’d like to give it a try.

    Thanks for your question,

    Kathy L

  • Martha Sheppard says:

    In a day when people are getting free long-distance and therefore NOT changing their phone service when they move, how do we know who will get this money? I would like people who donate from our community to be able to designate to give to OUR community – but how will this be determined? You can’t really base it on area codes anymore . . .