In just a few weeks, Salvation Army volunteers will take their posts next to the red kettles.
It's become a sound of the season, as bell ringers signal the holidays are near. It's a fundraiser for the Salvation Army, supporting the services the organization provides during Christmas, and year round.
But this year, they've come up with a way to keep you from reaching for change each time you go by. In our society, credit and debit cards are replacing cash and change.
"It seems like most people don't have cash, that's why sometimes I don't put money in there, I don't have cash, and then I feel bad."
To rid you of those guilty feelings, the Salvation Army has created a solution. It's called a Kettle Season Pass.
"I happen to be wearing one right now," said Major Douglas Rowland, City Commander for the Salvation Army.
Buy the button for twenty dollars, pin it to your coat, and bell ringers will know that you've already given.
"We've been saying that it's almost like an opportunity to say 'I voted, yes I gave to the red kettle this Christmas season,'" Rowland said. "And it's an opportunity for people to support the program and also gives our bell ringers an opportunity to say 'Hey thank you, I see that you've already given.'"
This way, your holiday can be filled with more cheer, and less guilt.
"We often would hear stories from people saying I feel guilty going by the bell ringers because I don't have any cash with me, or I gave at the last store" Rowland said.
"I think that's cool. It kind of gets rid of the guilty thing."
The buttons are only available in Wichita and Kansas City this year.
If you are interested in purchasing one, we have a link posted below.