The red kettles of the Salvation Army are a familiar sight during the holidays. In fact, the Shreveport-Bossier area will collect enough money to adopt about 6,000 local children this year. Now some bell ringers are going hi-tech, with swipe machines that allow donors to use debit or credit cards, in case they don't carry cash.
Other cities, including Dallas, are using smart phone technology, which allows the card to be automatically scanned. That technology is not yet available in the Ark-La-Tex, but some cities say they've seen a difference in the number of donations they received after distributing those phones.
If you want to help a needy family this Christmas, stop by any red kettle location or visit the local Salvation Army website for more information. http://www.uss.salvationarmy.org/uss/www_uss_shrevport.nsf