The Central Bank of The Bahamas (CBOB) and Omni Financial group have now enabled the Salvation Army to receive their donations in digital payments through the Sand Dollar.
Salvation Army Divisional Commander for The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Major Roodolph Meo said while this initiative allows those who do not carry cash to donate easily to the Salvation Army, it also allows those in the Family Islands to easily donate.
“We are encouraging people to use your digital wallet and donate to the Salvation army,” said Meo.
The Central Bank has pledged to match every Sand Dollar given to the Salvation Army up to a certain amount.
CBOB’s Jermaine Campbell gave the first payment in Sand Dollars to the Salvation Army, by scanning the original Sand Dollar wallet and donating $2,500.
“Today while we launch the first payment with digital currency at the Salvation Army, it is not so much about the digital currency, but more so about the Salvation Army, about donating and giving,” said Campbell.
“I want to encourage Bahamians out there who still have Sand Dollars in their wallet to scan their code and donate to this worthy cause.
Business Development Officer for Omni Deirdree Andrews explained that anyone who holds any of the locally available digital wallets will be able donate, by scanning the Salvation Army’s code wherever they encounter a kettle this Christmas.
“As a wallet provider for Sand Dollar, this was a momentous occasion for us because it also signifies the oncoming of the Christmas holiday and for this worthy cause,” said Andrews.
“Every year they use this as a major fundraiser. We’re very grateful for being the chosen financial institution that can provide the Sand Dollar wallet for the Salvation Army at this time.”