What's in your wallet may not help local charity

What's in your wallet may not help local charity
By: Wes Wallace

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. --In a day and age of credit and debit cards, many of us no longer carry around a lot of cash or change.  So when you have empty pockets, those who need extra help won't get what they need.
Now that Salvation Army bell ringers stand in front of many storefronts, they miss out when you have nothing to put in those red kettles.
"It's ok if you carry plastic, we can still take a contribution,"  says Major Beth Stillwell with the Salvation Army in Cape Girardeau, "You can log onto our website and put in your card number securely, and make a contribution, just specify Cape Girardeau to make sure it comes here."
You find the link to the Salvation Army on the newslinks section of our website, or go to http://www.1800salarmy.org.
There are other ways to help.  After Cheryl Cutwright made a donation Tuesday evening, she gave a few solutions to the plastic problem.  "When you go in the store, you can ask for change back,"  suggests Cutwright, "If you make a purchase with a card, most places give you an option for cash back.  Every little bit helps.  Or you could always write a check too."
This season, the Salvation Army says more than a thousand families in the Cape Girardeau signed up for assistance.  So far people donated a little over $70,000, still well short of the $260,000 goal.