United States Senator supports The Salvation Army as volunteer bell ringer in Oklahoma

United States Senator supports The Salvation Army as volunteer bell ringer in Oklahoma

James Lankford, United States Senator from Oklahoma, along with his wife Cindy, served with the Central Oklahoma Area Command as volunteer bell ringers on Saturday, Nov. 7 in Oklahoma City.  Senator and Mrs. Lankford rang the bell, encouraging donations at the red kettle, and greeted surprised shoppers in front of a local Hobby Lobby throughout the morning.

Senator Lankford’s heart of service and ministry has been demonstrated throughout his career, well before his political career began in 2010.  Before his service in Congress, Senator Lankford served students and families for more than 20 years in ministry, including 15 years as the Director of Student Ministry for the Baptist Convention of Oklahoma and Director of the Falls Creek Youth Camp, the largest youth camp in the United States, with more than 51,000 individuals attending each summer.

Senator Lankford served Oklahomans in Washington for four years as a member of the House of Representatives, representing Central Oklahoma, and was elected to the United States Senate in 2014.

In addition to several key committee assignments, Senator Lankford co-chaired the National Prayer breakfast in 2019.

“Prayer is a unifying force in our country,” Senator Lankford said in response to being named to that chairmanship. “When the pressures of life build and politics divide us, prayer refocuses and recommits us to our relationship with God and each other. One of America’s greatest freedoms is the right to live your faith, or have no faith at all. Freedom of religion has played such an important part in the creation of our country; it is only fitting that we continue to recognize prayer and its important role in the lives of so many Americans through the National Prayer Breakfast.”

Senator Lankford has also been recognized by many organizations for his work toward increased personal freedom, economic growth, and religious liberty.

The Salvation Army appreciates Senator James and Cindy’s volunteer service and their heart for others in need!


The Salvation Army has established a place where hope lives in Lakeland, Florida

The Salvation Army has established a place where hope lives in Lakeland, Florida

In the formative days of The Salvation Army when the methodology of William Booth’s work in East London was beginning to take shape, one thing became abundantly clear: Ministry at its holistic best was compelled to address not only the saving of souls, but the complete transformation of a life’s direction. Thus began the enduring legacy of Salvation Army social services.

From those unseasoned days until now, the ministry of The Salvation Army continues to live out the mandate of comprehensive salvation. It is, as Booth discovered, our biblical, spiritual and moral responsibility to pragmatically attend to the universal needs of those who seek our services. We are to walk beside our friends through their individual fires, through the storms, and back into the sunlight of restoration. This is God’s way.

In 2015, The Salvation Army in Lakeland, Florida, dedicated the George Jenkins Community of Hope. It is community in its truest sense. Built in neighborhood fashion, the 49-acre property is the culmination of a $13 million campaign meant to address the housing needs of families with children. The patrons of the community live on streets named for familiar Salvation Army pioneers. Driving through the neighborhood, you will cross William Booth Way, Brengle Drive, Eliza Shirley Lane and Christmas Lane. These names are constant reminders that the Army’s purpose in 2019 remains unchanged and consistent with the historical mission and vision of the founder.

Majors Barry and Cindy Corbitt, Lakeland Corps officers, understand and embrace the unique opportunities afforded by the proximity of The Community of Hope. In many ways, the ministry mirrors that of the early church, when all shared together the material and spiritual blessings of God.

“We all, despite backgrounds or circumstances, need one another in these days so divisive in nature,” Major Barry said. “Loving ministry is a natural occurrence, as natural as breathing, for those who have experienced the grace and love of Jesus … It is real love that compels us, nothing more and certainly nothing less.”

Understanding that mission is meant to be a social engagement, the corps soldiers are enthusiastically involved in ministry at The Community of Hope. Under the leadership of the Pastoral Care Council, an active program of chaplaincy was initiated to help meet the spiritual needs of Community of Hope residents.

The Lakeland Corps is blessed to have among its soldiery a cadre of retired Salvation Army officers, some 36 strong, many of whom volunteer in the chaplaincy program. With plans to build a new corps community center on the property, opportunities for engagement will increase over time. As a best practice, social service programming and corps programming are meant to be undivided. A united campus will ensure cohesion of mission, providing unique opportunities for service and fellowship within the COH neighborhood family.

Currently, corps programs active on the campus include Sunday school, youth character-building activities and life skills classes. Each October, the corps oversees a Community of Hope block party/truck or treat event that draws over 200 participants. Food and candy are supplied by the corps soldiery. This Christmas, the corps will provide a live nativity for the campus, complete with animals. These events are purposefully planned to include those we care for, ensuring the awareness that they are part of the Army family and welcome among the fellowship of believers.


The Salvation Army celebrates past, present and future at dedication in Henderson, N.C.

The Salvation Army celebrates past, present and future at dedication in Henderson, N.C.

The Henderson, North Carolina, community celebrated the opening of the Edward W. Pou Moran Worship and Community Center Sunday, Nov. 10. In addition to worship services, the facility will host community, youth and recreation programs and will be the center for Salvation Army social service programs in the area.

The day’s events included a worship service, ribbon-cutting ceremony and building dedication under the theme, “Pride of Our Past, Progress in the Present and Potential for the Future.” Tours of the new facility were provided.

Lieutenants Derrick and Odessa Smith, Henderson corps officers, welcomed Majors Jim and Linda Arrowood, North-South Carolina divisional leaders, and Captains Rick and Angie Langley, retired officers whose work helped lead to the erection of the new facility.

Also on hand were Henderson Mayor Eddie Ellington and Pete O’Geary, former Henderson mayor and advisory board vice-chair.

The new facility is located on Ross Mill Road, adjacent to Vance Charter School. Moran, for whom the facility is named, grew up in Henderson and, after attending North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina and the University of Pennsylvania, served in the U.S. Air Force. He had a prosperous career in investment banking and contributed to many charities and causes, including The Salvation Army.

Illustrating the growth of The Salvation Army in Henderson, a junior soldier and two senior soldiers were enrolled in a ceremony led by Captains James and Lacy Parrish, NSC divisional youth leaders.


Panel offers perspective on social challenges and solutions in Atlanta

Panel offers perspective on social challenges and solutions in Atlanta

By: Brad Rowland

Annual luncheons are familiar across The Salvation Army world and, on Friday, Nov. 8, Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta played host to the 2019 Doing the Most Good Luncheon. The setting was intimate inside the Delta Sky360 Club and, after a multi-year run at the Georgia Aquarium, this represented a venue change for Metro Atlanta’s largest annual fundraiser. Beyond that, however, there was a shift in programming that was both intriguing and effective.

While many luncheons in this format feature a prominent guest speaker, Atlanta’s gathering centered on a panel discussion. Christina Faine, development director, indicated the format change reflected the area’s three pillars of homelessness services, youth enrichment and anti-human trafficking. Cathryn Marchman, executive director of Partners for Home, was joined by Ouleye Warnock, senior human trafficking fellow for the City of Atlanta, and Ron Clark, co-founder of the Ron Clark Academy. Faine said that the Army “wanted to bring subject matter experts in these areas and share with our partners the challenges our great city faces and how together we can fight poverty in our community.”

“We worked really hard to be innovative and invite key Atlanta policymakers and influencers to join the conversation,” Faine said. “In a city like Atlanta, we are surrounded by other wonderful organizations, and often times people know we do great work, but they don’t necessarily know all that The Salvation Army is able to do across metro Atlanta. We are already seeing those influencers share and encourage their network to donate and support The Salvation Army. This is helping to bring more awareness of the Army’s work in Atlanta. We cannot fight poverty alone.”

The panel, moderated by Jovita Moore, news anchor of Atlanta’s WSB-TV, was informative to the attendees, with the mission of the Army in the center of the day’s events. The Salvation Army also recognized three of its partners in Georgia Power, Metro Atlanta Automobile Dealers Association and Passion City Church.

“Much progress has been made and yet, there is much more work to be done,” said Major Bob Parker, Metro Atlanta area commander. “As Christians, we are called to advocate for the underserved. My prayer is that we will all leave here today not only more informed, but more inspired and energized to find ways that we — as people of faith and influence in our community — can partner to effect even more change and progress in these areas. Our faith compels us to act.

“As people of faith, our belief compels us to not only speak, but to act, whenever we see inequities. As we leave here today, let us do so with the knowledge that alone, each of us can do something. Together, we can do even more. Working together in faith, we can change the world.”


Sponsors help Corvette Club come through for The Salvation Army in Bowling Green

Sponsors help Corvette Club come through for The Salvation Army in Bowling Green

By: David Ibata

One of the biggest fund-raising events of the year didn’t happen this fall in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Because of the United Auto Workers strike against General Motors at the time, the Bowling Green Assembly Corvette Club had to cancel its September charity car show.

Nonetheless, several show sponsors insisted that the club – an organization of car enthusiasts founded by auto workers in Bowling Green, home of the Corvette assembly plant since 1981 – keep the money and put it to a good cause. One of those good causes is The Salvation Army Bowling Green Corps; the club has supported its food pantry every year for the last 13 years.

“Our sponsors, we went back to them and said, ‘Hey, we are not having a car show this year.’ They instantly said go ahead, use the money, do what you do and we’re good with it,’” Dave Chrisley, a club co-founder and member of The Salvation Army advisory board, told the Bowling Green Daily News. Thanks to Holley Performance Products of Bowling Green; Bill and Mo Harris of Acworth, Georgia; Gay Robinson of North Carolina; and Kroger, which made food products available to the Corvette Club at cost, the Bowling Green Corps this year received four pallet loads of canned goods worth $4,050.

Captain Michael Cox, Bowling Green corps officer, said it’s especially appreciated that the donations were proteins like tuna – more than 1,400 cans – and chicken and beef chili.

“Normally we get lots of vegetables like corn and green beans, and dry goods like cereal,” Captain Cox said. While all that’s fine, he said, “we’re trying to encourage people to give protein as well. It’s good for the body, especially at this time of year, when you need something to help produce body heat. It rounds out the diet and helps make sure people get a full meal.”
Chrisley said, “Getting hold of protein is sometimes a little more difficult, so that’s where we try to fill the gap.”

The canned goods will go into food boxes distributed to needy families on Mondays and Fridays. One box will feed a family of five for a week. In 2018, the Bowling Green Corps delivered 1,923 food boxes and served 67,191 meals at its soup kitchen. It is expected to surpass those numbers this year.

“The Corvette community is a very giving community,” Chrisley said. “We love our cars, but we’ve also been very blessed, so we like to give back as much as we can.”


Staying in touch: Hernandez keeping ties with The Salvation Army as he serves his country

Staying in touch: Hernandez keeping ties with The Salvation Army as he serves his country

By: Brad Rowland

Before arriving at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina this summer, Wilber Hernandez was quite busy. The young man previously enrolled in the Marine Corps Musician Enlistment Option Program and, from there, Hernandez spent 13 weeks in boot camp and an additional month in combat training. Then, Hernandez attended the Naval School of Music, Marine Detachment, all prior to touching down at Camp Lejeune. Along the way, however, Hernandez never lost touch with The Salvation Army.

“I’m very busy, but every chance I get, I definitely want to stay involved,” Hernandez said. “If I’m going to go to a church, it’s going to be The Salvation Army wherever I am.”

Hernandez, from the Montgomery County, Maryland, Corps, recently returned from a mini-deployment in California. He is looking forward to planting deeper roots where he now resides just a stone’s throw from the Jacksonville, North Carolina, Corps. Well before he entered the military, though, it was clear that Hernandez was a strong Christian and a dedicated Salvationist, ready to share his faith with others.

“Wilber was a delegate at the NCV Divisional Music Conservatory when I first met him, and I remember Wilber as quiet and competitive,” said Bernie Dake, assistant territorial music secretary. “I witnessed an authenticity and a sensitivity that set him apart from other young people his age.”

“I’m incredibly proud of him as a Christian young man and Salvationist,” Dake said. “When I saw him recently, I asked him how he was doing and if he still loved the Lord. His response, without hesitation, was ‘most definitely. I love him now more than ever.’ You could sense his excitement and zeal.”

Upon arrival in his current post as a lance corporal in the Second Marine Division, it was clear to Hernandez that there was an opportunity for ministry. His military duties extend well beyond his position as a trumpet instrumentalist but, in service to others, he has invited more than a handful of his military co-workers to Salvation Army activities. One such gathering was a trip to the National Capital and Virginia Divisional Music Councils, honoring an invite from a person he describes as a “mentor” in NCV divisional music director David Delaney.

“My friends have really liked it,” Hernandez said. “I open it up to everybody, knowing that the military isn’t religious as an organization, but telling everyone what to expect. I have several friends who have loved the experience, both musically and even with spiritual elements. One of my friends, who identifies as an atheist, was curious enough to search out information on The Salvation Army, and another has been open with me in discussing his faith.”

In addition to the inherent ministry of bringing others to church-related gatherings, Hernandez intends to bring that passion to the local corps. He is already attending in Jacksonville – after saying he “found the corps on Google” when he came to the area – but, when January rolls around and travel commitments slow, he has big plans.

“Right now, one of the things I want to do is incorporate live worship in the corps,” said Hernandez. “That can have a great impact, especially in a smaller community. I’m also interested in, and have been talking to the local officer, kind of starting a beginner band program in Jacksonville. I’m already communicating with them about playing at a few kettles this season as well, with a few of my friends from the military. I think that’s a great ministry, too, and it’ll be interesting to see how much we can really help with that.”

For a young adult with a lot on his plate, Hernandez defies the odds in committing so much to ministry. Still, he seems to find passion in his own background, looking to pay that forward to others.

“I can tell my friends that I’ve been involved with the Army for 10 years and that this particular thing saved me,” Hernandez said. “The Salvation Army saved my life. I wouldn’t be where I am without it and I’m the first to say that to anyone.”


Cyclists in Memphis do a good deed for shelter residents

Cyclists in Memphis do a good deed for shelter residents

By: David Ibata

Members of the Sugar Town Riders Motorcycle Club and Queens of Sugar Town Social Club in Memphis, Tennessee, have always had a heart for the less fortunate. This fall, they decided to do something special for residents of a Salvation Army women’s shelter.

They made a delivery run Oct. 17 to the Purdue Center of Hope and dropped off three bales full of boxes and bags containing hundreds of gifts, from baby clothes to hygiene and hair products and hats, gloves and shoes. The gift was for the clients of Renewal Place, a two-year residential recovery program where chemically addicted women can live with their children.

“They made hygiene kits for each of the 46 women in the building,” said April Armstrong, clinical program director for the Purdue Corps. “They brought so many things for the children, we set it up so people could come in and shop, as in a store – there was so much stuff.”

Then, the members stayed and visited with clients, listening to their stories. “They definitely want to return for the children’s Christmas program,” Armstrong said.

The Sugar Town Riders, based in Stuttgart, Arkansas, was founded in 2007 by Luke “Cool Hand” Green and today has 10 chapters in Arkansas, one in Tennessee and two in Mississippi, according to Connie Spivey, the organization’s business manager.

“We have a lot of involvement in the community with single-parent families as well as youth development,” Spivey said. “Our main focus is giving back to families with school-age children, with hygiene kits, clothes, things of that nature.”
The riders often work with homeless shelters. This year, under the leadership of President Kal Wayne and Vice President Lil’ Bitty, the group decided to focus on The Salvation Army.

“We know there’s a need in the community – women and children trying to stay together,” said Andrea Leggett, a Sugar Town member. “We talked to the men and women in our club, and we decided to go ahead and get some clothes for the kids, socks, hair products.”

The Riders and Queens raised funds to buy toiletries and other goods; they also donated more than 10 bags of gently worn clothes and shoes. Now, Spivey said, they’re looking forward to continuing with The Salvation Army, visiting nursing homes and ringing bells for the Red Kettle Campaign.

Armstrong said, “The work they’ve done thus far has been a great contribution not only to the children but for the women. It empowers our ladies to know women stand tall and strong in a motorcycle club. To see women come in on their own bikes, as club leaders, was a great influence for the women here.”


The Salvation Army is cooking in style after a prayer is answered in Owensboro, Kentucky

The Salvation Army is cooking in style after a prayer is answered in Owensboro, Kentucky

By: David Ibata

It’s been a challenging year in the kitchen of the Owensboro, Kentucky, Corps. One of two freezers broke down six months ago; then, the other freezer died three months ago.

“We’ve been borrowing space where we could find it,” said Captain Aaron Abram, who with his wife, Captain Rebekah, is the corps officer in Owensboro.

But there’s been an answered prayer: IMPACT 100 Owensboro, a local charitable giving organization, recently awarded a $100,000 grant to the Owensboro Corps. Now, the corps not only can replace the freezers, but give its entire 1986-vintage kitchen a makeover with modern, higher-capacity commercial equipment to better handle expanded feeding programs.

“We’re really excited,” Captain Aaron said. “The corps has been trying to get this grant for about five years; my wife and I have applied for the last two.”

This time, the corps attached a contractor’s specs on how the money would be spent on renovations, equipment and appliances. “We had a lot more numbers, and we also put together a recipe book for one of the programs we wanted to do,” Captain Aaron said.

The Salvation Army was one of four grant recipients awarded $254,000 total at Impact 100’s annual meeting Oct. 17; other beneficiaries were two homeless shelters and a regional blood center.

“We’re going to do more meals for the community,” Captain Aaron said. “We’ll expand the kitchen, put in all new appliances and replace all the single-use items like paper plates with plastic dishware and silverware so we’ll have less of an impact on the environment.”

Everything will be new, commercial grade and stainless steel: A refrigerator and freezer, six-burner stove with a griddle and double oven, dishwasher, three-compartment sink, food prep table and cabinets. A tile floor will be replaced, and a wall will be removed to enlarge the kitchen.

The corps plans to expand its CANteen ministry, a youth food outreach to needy families, homeless residents and the immigrant community that served 5,300 people in the past year.

The corps offers a “Cooking With Kids” class for 60 youngsters in the Monday evening children’s program and 75 children in summer day camp.

Also, “Going Further With Food” partners family food box recipients – 25 clients a month, or 250 people a year over the 10 months of the program – with chef/nutritionists from the community to teach them how to use the items of the box as the basis for healthy meals.

“Each box typically has beans, rice, canned goods, soups and some fresh fruits and vegetables,” Captain Aaron said. “If they add $25 in proteins like chicken and beef, they can get a full four or five meals out of one box.”


Taking it to the wall: Art as ministry

Taking it to the wall: Art as ministry

By: David Ibata

Few people outside The Salvation Army may know of the Southern Territorial Headquarters complex in Brookhaven, Georgia, tucked behind the Atlanta Temple Corps near North Druid Hills Road and Buford Highway northeast of Atlanta.

But that’s about to change with the completion of a public walking path and a recently announced competition to design a mural to go on the blank wall of a THQ building on a bluff overlooking the trail (left and above).

The Commissioner’s Office has announced a contest to design a piece of original artwork for the side of a warehouse in the lower parking area of THQ. The building is next to a small public parking lot and access ramp and stairs to the soon-to-be completed Peachtree Creek Greenway of the city of Brookhaven. Prospective muralists have a canvas 55 feet wide by 25 feet tall to work with.

“The idea originated with the Commissioners Willis and Barbara Howell,” said Bethany Farrell, territorial creative arts director. “Murals and street art are an exciting medium that have really taken off on Buford Highway and in surrounding areas of Atlanta, and many tourists and locals go out of their way to take in what’s being added around the city.

“With the creation of the new Greenway, our building has become a blank canvas that can reach thousands of people each week. It gives us an opportunity to introduce The Salvation Army to the community and share the gospel story of Jesus in a vibrant and creative way.”

The mural competition welcomes all artistic media and skill levels, but submissions must be in a high-quality digital format; entrants can send a photo of their artwork, if that works best for them.

“We understand that not every artist who submits artwork would be able to paint a mural on a giant wall as they can on a piece of paper,” Farrell said. “We have ways of working with the selected winner – for example, doing screen printing or hiring a local muralist to replicate their work on a grand scale. So anyone can send in a submission.”

Contest entries are due by Dec. 31. A mural committee made up of Southern Territory creative arts staff will review entries and select a design to be presented to the commissioners. The mural will be unveiled during the June 5-7, 2020, weekend of the Call to Mission: Southern Territorial Congress.

The THQ mural is one of two planned next to territorial headquarters. Brookhaven has applied for a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to cover half the cost of a city-commissioned mural to be applied to a 14-by-160-foot retaining wall owned by The Salvation Army.

The wall is off the North Druid Hills entrance to THQ, where a Greenway trailhead and parking lot are being constructed. The Brookhaven Arts Advisory Committee will select an artist and design to recommend to the City Council.

Houston — The murals decorating The Salvation Army Family Store on Bissonnet Street originated with the “Complete Communities” initiative of Mayor Sylvester Turner and a two-year effort by UP Art Studio and city liaison Veronica Hernandez to use art to beautify the Gulfton neighborhood and deter graffiti. UP Art secured grants of $20,000 from Target + KaBoom! and $10,000 from the City of Houston + Houston Arts Alliance. Chicago artist Rahmaan Statik worked with Braeburn Elementary School students to design 12-by-12-inch cloth panels incorporated into the main mural. Two additional murals were created by Gelson Danilo Lemus, a Houston street artist also known as w3r3on3, and international pop artist Denial. Mayor Turner (in blue shirt) and community leaders have a ribbon-cutting and dedication of the murals on May 26, 2018.

Atlanta — Majors Bob and Kathy Parker join children at The Salvation Army Bellwood Boys & Girls Club in September 2017 to celebrate the completion of a mural by artist Joe Dreher and the WonderRoot community arts center. “We were going back and forth what we wanted on the outside, some color to add life to the building, and we wanted to keep the kids involved – so we thought, why not use some of the images of the children in the summer program?” said Joshua Dickerson, executive director of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greater Atlanta. The artwork incorporates kids’ faces and the words, “Life, Faith, Trust, Hope.”

Richmond — The Boys & Girls Club murals were executed in the fall of 2010 and spring of 2011, a project led by Hamilton Glass assisted by Soleil Paden and Lizzie Gray with local partner ART 180. “The artist made an outline of a couple of things, and the children filled it in. It was cold, they had coats on painting, and it showed their commitment to the project,” said Hugh Jones Director of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Richmond. “It’s added a lot to the building and made it more kid-friendly. The children may not know what’s inside, but when they see the artwork, they know it’s for them.”


Kettles offer donors ‘bump and pay’ option

Kettles offer donors ‘bump and pay’ option

By: David Ibata

For the first time ever this holiday season, The Salvation Army nationally will let donors bump and pay.

Thousands of “Kettle Pay” stickers have gone out in recent weeks to every corps and command in the Southern Territory, to be affixed to every Red Kettle Campaign tripod sign.

“This is a National Advisory Board effort through National Headquarters to provide opportunities for folks who don’t carry cash or credit cards to still help with the kettle,” said Tom Knox, territorial assistant community relations and development secretary.

The Kettle Pay sticker measures five inches square and has four graphic elements: an Apple Pay logo for Apple iPhone owners, a Google Pay icon for Android phone users, a QR (“quick response”) symbol and an NFC (“near field communications”) tag, which looks like a WiFi symbol.

Owners of late-model smart phones can simply “bump” their phones against the NFC tag. That activates a link to a custom Salvation Army donor web site equipped with Apple Pay or Google Pay. (Owners of older phones can point their phone cameras at the QR symbol to also pull up the site.)

People are given options to donate in $5, $10, $25 increments, or they can specify another amount.

Apple Pay and Google Pay will send The Salvation Army the donor’s name, email address, and full mailing address with zip code; payments made by credit card will send the same information. This way, the Army will know which division to credit the donation to.

“There have been attempts over the last few years to try to find ways to help donors contribute when they’re not carrying cash,” Knox said, citing past experiments with iPad kiosks and “Dip Jar” credit-card readers. The challenge has only gotten harder with the growing number of people who don’t carry credit cards, either; they prefer using the pay apps of their smart phones.

The National Advisory Board ran Kettle Pay pilot programs in select cities last year. NHQ rolled out the program nationwide this autumn.

Kettle Pay comes in two parts: The self-adhesive sticker described above, and a small disc 2¼ inches in diameter that contains the NFC circuitry. You peel off the sticker backing, put the disc on the sticky side beneath the NFC logo, and place the sticker on the “Doing the Most Good” sign of the kettle tripod.

Click here to view a training video. Kettle Pay materials and information also are available on Ministry Toolkit.

“Trade South sent out the first batch of 13,564 stickers based on our estimates,” Knox said. “Some commands asked for a few more, so National is sending out another 400.”

Some instructional materials show the sticker attached to the kettle, but Knox advises against that.

“The kettles get picked up every day, they get thrown into a van and jostled around, and the Kettle Pay device can get damaged,” he said. “We’re recommending putting the stickers on the sign,” which stays with the tripod.

While it’s too early to say how well the devices are working, the initial response from the corps has been positive. “People like the idea, they’re excited about it,” Knox said.