‘Giving Machines’ Expand To 10 Locations This Holiday Season

Posted On: 12/5/2019

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NEW YORK CITY -- A group of local and international charities has placed its Giving Machines in 10 locations across the world this Christmas season, further expanding the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ efforts to #LightTheWorld by encouraging people to perform instant acts of service that make a difference in others’ lives. Instead of buying snacks or soda at the machines, supporters can make donations to local and global charities.

This is the third year for the Giving Machines, which reportedly raised more than $2.3 million in 2018 for local and global charities. Total donations for 2019 will be continuously updated throughout the season and will be available on LightTheWorld.org.

This year, users can purchase multiple items, if they wish, for people in need with one swipe of a credit card. Items range in price from $2 to $320 and include food, clothing, medicine, hygiene supplies, sporting equipment and livestock. The items will be supplied through partner charities such as UNICEF, Church World Service, WaterAid, Water For People and International Medical Corps. After donors make their purchase, the Giving Machine dispenses a postcard featuring an image and description of their donation.

The machines will be available through the Christmas season. All administrative costs for this campaign and costs associated with its nonprofit partners are reportedly covered by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and 100% of all donations go directly to partner charities for the purchased item or for items or services of greater need based on their discretion.

The Giving Machines are open to the public in the following locations:

Manila, Philippines -- TriNoma Mall

Las Vegas, NV -- Downtown Summerlin

Laie, Oahu, HI -- Polynesian Cultural Center

Gilbert, AZ -- Water Tower Plaza

Salt Lake City, UT -- Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Orem, UT -- University Place Mall

Denver, CO -- Writer Square

San Jose, CA -- Christmas in the Park

New York, NY -- Manhattan New York Temple)

London, England -- Hyde Park Visitors’ Centre