Working just like a vending machine, these giving machines have a different purpose. When you buy the items available, you buy them for someone who needs them and not for yourself.
Everyone's favorite month has arrived and everyone is celebrating togetherness. But, have you wondered - while you get together to enjoy the holidays with loved ones - what the less fortunate are doing? Now, if you're wondering if there's anything you can do about it, you can. Now, there is a vending machine of sorts that enables you to donate to the needy. It's much more than just food and drinks, as the "giving machine" lets people donate essential items to local and international charities with just a swipe of their card. Talk about the holiday spirit!
This giving machine hosts a variety of charitable options, like donating a dozen meals to a local homeless shelter; supplying an underprivileged school with textbooks; and even gifting a pair of chickens to a family on the other side of the world, according to Good News Network. There are only ten such machines across the world and the latest one to be unveiled was in Denver, Colorado. The machine will be stationed in Writer’s Square downtown until January 1st.
The machines were launched by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a part of their #LightTheWorld campaign to encourage people to give during the holiday season. You can find other machines in places as far as London and the Philippines. “These Giving Machines are an example of the big things that can happen when many people give just a little,” said Sister Bonnie H. Cordon from the organization. “That is what it means to ‘Light the World’ one by one—when we each give what we can offer, our little light adds to a brightness of hope.”
These giving machines have been around for over three years now and raised over $2.3M in 2018 for local and global charities. Total donations for 2019 will be continuously updated throughout the season on the Light the World website. Users of the machine can purchase multiple items ranging between $2 to $320.
The items available for purchase 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. The #LightTheWorld campaign basically asks people to take the 25 days leading up to Christmas and turn it into a season of service, lifting and helping others in small and simple ways.
Unlike a regular vending machine where the expectation is of something as soon as the price is paid, the giving machine gives you the chance to be fulfilled by an instant act of service. If this isn't reason enough to find a machine closest to your location and donate something to the needy, then what is the purpose of the holiday spirit?
If you want to make a contribution in making someone's holidays a little better, head to any of the locations below and find these machines!
Manila, Philippines—November 8 (TriNoma Mall)
Las Vegas, Nevada—November 14 (Downtown Summerlin)
Laie, Oahu, Hawaii—November 20 (Polynesian Cultural Center)
Gilbert, Arizona—November 20 (Water Tower Plaza)
Salt Lake City, Utah—November 26 (Joseph Smith Memorial Building)
Orem, Utah—November 26 (University Place Mall)
Denver, Colorado—November 26 (Writer Square)
San Jose, California—November 29 (Christmas in the Park)
New York, New York—December 3 (Manhattan New York Temple)
London, England—December 3 (Hyde Park Visitors’ Centre)