By Sarah Klein
The Winnipeg branch of the Salvation Army began accepting debit cards Saturday in an effort to update its donation kettles.
The first new debit kettle was unveiled at St. Vital Centre amidst bustling holiday shoppers. A team of 24 boy scouts made their way through the mall and encouraged the public to make a donation.
The charity’s local goal this year is $400,000 — an increase from the $350,000 raised in Winnipeg last year.
Donations to the Kettle Campaign can also be made online.
The Salvation Army has 2,000 kettles across Canada and first introduced them as a way of collecting donations in 1892.