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March 01, 2013

Boston-Area Shops Test Tablets for Homeless Donations

Fifteen stores in Cambridge, Mass., have installed tablet computers to allow customers to make credit-card contributions to charities serving the homeless, The Boston Globe says.

With the touch-screen machines, visitors to the Harvard Square shops can donate from $1 to more than $100 for food, clothing, and shelter by swiping their cards.

"This is a lot like the Salvation Army kettle but using 21st-century technology," said Denise Jillson, head of the Harvard Square Business Association, which helped launch the program. "As a society, we just don’t really carry change anymore and a lot of people don’t even carry cash, so this will be a much more effective and efficient way to give."