Bossier City Mayor Lorenz "Lo" Walker and Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator helped launch the Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign.

Across the Ark-La-Tex Angel, Trees and Red Kettles are a familiar sight during Christmastime. This year, The Salvation Army introduces two new ways you can give this holiday season.

The Red Kettles traditionally accept cash, coins and paper checks. For the first time in this area, all of the Red Kettles will have a QR code on the kettle stand so you can donate through your smartphone with a credit card. These QR codes will be linked to The Salvation Army’s Online Red Kettle, which is another new way to donate. Donors are encouraged to create their own Online Red Kettle this year by going to www.redkettlereason.org to register. You can then select the need you want to serve, and share your kettle via email and social media with friends and family.

Bell ringers will be out with Red Kettles through Dec. 23.

In addition to helping “Do the Most Good” by donating at Red Kettles, the community also can make the season bright for children in need. Angel Trees are on display at local businesses in Shreveport-Bossier through Dec. 8. Residents adopt an angel and then bring the gifts to The Salvation Army, 200 E. Stoner Ave. in Shreveport by Dec. 8. This year, the Salvation Army will provide Christmas gifts to nearly 700 area families, which includes more than 1,600 children.

“There are so many ways you can make a difference in the lives of those in need this holiday season,” said Major Ray Morton, Commanding Officer, Salvation Army of Northwest Louisiana. “We serve needs all year long, but when you give to our Red Kettle and adopt a child from our Angel Tree during Christmas, you are actively involved in changing the lives of those less fortunate in your local community.”

To learn more about holiday volunteer opportunities go to http://salvationarmyalm.org/shreveport/volunteer/.