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NEW YORK CITY -- This year on "Giving Tuesday," Nov. 27, a group of local and international charities hosted a kickoff event that brings holiday giving to the streets of Lincoln Square with charitable vending machines.
Representatives and public officials participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the machines for donations throughout the holiday season. The event took place at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
These "Giving Machines" were created by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for anyone to purchase items, from chickens to mosquito nets, on behalf of its partner charities including UNICEF USA, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of NY, West Side Campaign Against Hunger, Art Start and CARE.org.
Items range in price from $3 to $250, and all donors have to do is make their vending machine selection, swipe a credit card and then see their purchase drop for the cause. Click here to watch a video showing the campaign in action.
The Giving Machines are part of the #LightTheWorld campaign led by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which asks people to take the 25-day period leading up to Christmas and turn it into a season of service, lifting and helping others in small and simple ways. The church will reportedly cover all administrative costs for the Giving Machines to ensure that 100% of donations go directly to charity.
Last year, just one Giving Machine in Salt Lake City reportedly generated more than $550,000 raised for charity.
|MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Charitable Giving Machines went live on "Giving Tuesday," Nov. 27, in New York City's Lincoln Square, making it simple for passersby to make donations throughout the holiday season. Anyone can purchase items ranging in price from $3 to $250, from chickens to mosquito nets, by simply making selection and swiping a credit card, and then see their donation drop to support the cause.|