DOTHAN, Ala (WDHN)— The Salvation Army, known for its bells and red kettles outside of storefronts, is making it easier for people to give with their online donation campaigns.

Along with being able to give virtually on their website, The Salvation Army has added smart chips and QR codes on the physical red kettles. These will allow shoppers to ‘bump’ or scan their phones to make digital donations.

They have also added options for ApplePay, PayPal, and Venmo.

The fundraising goal for The Salvation Army is $120,000. The money will not only fund holiday meals but also help local families with housing and food security.

In a press release, The Salvation Army says they have seen an increase in the number of working families that have fallen into housing and financial insecurities while the prices of food, rent, cars, and gas climb.

The money raised in our Red Kettle Campaign stays here in the Wiregrass area. This means we can serve a meal to someone hungry, help keep the lights on for a family struggling to pay a utility bill and provide assistance and hope to those in crisis for months to come.

Major Linda Payton, The Salvation Army Press Release

The Salvation Army is also hosting its peer-to-peer fundraising campaign, #RedKettleChallenge. The organization hopes this will inspire the community to gather with friends and family to raise a goal of $1,000 by either starting a personal virtual fundraiser or registering to ring a bell for one day.

You can go visit their website to set up your own kettle.

For more information on The Salvation Army and its programs, you can call 334-792-1911, or follow them on Facebook @SalvationarmyDothan,AL.