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Salvation Army kicks off 2019 Christmas Spirit campain

RAPID CITY, S.D. — One of the surest signs that the holiday season is almost here appeared in Rapid City this week.

The Salvation Army launched its annual “Christmas Spirit Campaign” on Wednesday at Rushmore Mall.

The kick-off event featured a performance by “Bells of the Hills” community handbell group.

There was also an inaugural bell ring with Santa Claus and NewsCenter1 Chief Meteorologist Bob Riggio.Bob serves as the chairman of the Salvation Army’s local advisory board.

This is the 129th year for the Salvation Army’s Christmas Spirit Campaign. But this year, kettle collections are jumping into the 21st century.

“People aren’t carrying cash around the way that the used to,” said Captain Javier Moreno, the Salvation Army’s Black Hills area coordinator. “So in an effort to catch up with the times, we’re launching this year our Kettle Pay, which uses Apple Pay and Google Pay technology through either scanning the QR code or the bump technology where you can just bump your phone up to the chip.”

Bell ringers will begin their kettle drive at 21 locations on Friday, November 22.

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