The Salvation Army in Mankato is reporting that registrations for bell ringers in Mankato have decreased from last year. The annual Red Kettle campaign is the Salvation Army’s biggest fundraising initiative, and, without enough bellringers, Christmas revenue is projected to fall significantly short of the county’s $525,000 goal.

The Salvation Army has again made digital pay features available at every red kettle, making for an easy and contactless way to give. Options now include PayPal, Venmo, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and QR code scanning.  You can also text ‘KatoCares’ to 24365. But without bell ringers, the donations almost stop completely.