I thought I had a good excuse every time I enter the grocery store and pass the Salvation Army bell ringers — “I don’t have any cash on me” — which is almost always true. I use my debit card to pay for everything, so there’s hardly a time I have any quarters jangling around in my pocket or loose dollar bills in my purse.
But they have caught on. Now, in select cities, Salvation Army bell-ringers will be equipped to take your credit and debit cards for donations. What’s your excuse now?
I’m not saying that I don’t ever give. In fact, I often make a point to let all of my kids collect and save their own change to put in the red kettle a few times during the holidays. They think it’s fun and it’s all about the giving. But, handing over my debit card for a quick swipe by a stranger? I’m not sure I’m into that. Of course, credit card donations will have an actual digital paper trail to prevent theft within the charity, and could likely produce larger donation amounts from givers.
I’m still a little skeptical. Let me know when I can pay by PayPal.
Would you use your credit card when giving to the Salvation Army bell ringers this holiday season?
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