Each Christmas, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints celebrates the life of Jesus Christ through the #LightTheWorld initiative. The popular #LightTheWorld initiative asks people to help others in a new way each week.
Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, spent much of His ministry caring for individuals, one by one. Join us this Christmas as we follow His example and find ways to share our time, love, and resources with those in need.
As part of the #LightTheWorld initiative, people will have the chance to provide an instant act of service at special vending machines called Giving Machines.
Each Giving Machine will offer much-needed items for purchase from a variety of local and global charity partners. All donations will be accounted for by the vending machines, with the exact amount purchased going to each charity.
These machines allow people to make a donation by purchasing items including winter boots and holiday meals, baby supplies, “school in a box”, and goats or chickens for needy local families and those in need around the world.
100 percent of your donation will be used for the purchased item or for similar items or services of greater need as determined by the applicable charitable organization. Administrative costs for this initiative and costs associated with its nonprofit partners are covered by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In 2017, the #LightTheWorld Giving Machines raised more than $550,000 for local and global charities.
Giving Machines are located in New York, Arizona, Utah, the Philippines and Great Britain.
The Giving Machines will be displayed in 5 locations across the globe:
Joseph Smith Memorial Building – Salt Lake City, Utah – (This machine opens November 28th and we will be livestreaming the event to unveil all the items in the vending machine)
Downtown Gilbert – Gilbert, Arizona
Manhattan Temple – New York City, New York
Hyde Park Chapel – London, UK
SM Megamall – Manilla, Philippines
The giving machine in the Philippines opened up this past week and was an exciting day for all involved.
Here are a few of the charities that are working together with the #LightTheWorld Giving Machines.
Some of the additional items that can be purchased through the vending machine as a donation are:
- Sewing Kits
- Mosquito Nets
- First Aid Kits
- Jump Ropes
I’m incredibly excited to take my family to the vending machines this year and donate to those in neat. What will you give this year? I’m donating a goat for sure!
For more information on the #LightTheWorld initiative, visit LightTheWorld.org
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