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Vending machines become “Giving Machines” for blankets, chickens, goats: Make the most of Christmas by giving

Amy Christie

The popular and well-understood method of the vending machine has now been revamped into Giving Machines meant to give passersby in major American cities such as New York City the opportunity to contribute to charity donations for fellow citizens.

The items received through charity purchases will be used to serve both local and global causes.

What are the details?

Altruistic impulses will be given the full spotlight, and givers will be able to use the vending machines to get anything such as one goat, some chickens, a day at a stadium for a teenager, or a household cleaning kit, according to Good News Network.

The donors will be making all purchases by using credit cards, and they will receive a postcard from the Giving Machine showing a photo and the description of the donation they have just given out.

New York City will be one of the ten cities involved in this nationwide initiative. One of the amazing Giving Machines will be located at Rockefeller Center. You can find it south of its wonderful Christmas tree.

When does the initiative start?

This goodwill campaign will be kicking off on “Giving Tuesday”, November 30.

There will also be speeches from CARE, the Mariano Rivera Foundation, UNICEF, WaterAid, the UNHCR, and other charitable organizations.

The first machine of this type was installed in Salt Lake City, Utah, four years ago. The sponsoring organization for the machines, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has its headquarters there.

And that initiative was so appreciated that it brought back half a million dollars in donations in the first year. Next year the amount was up, getting to $2.3 million, which came in through over 90,000 transactions done through the Giving Machines.

The program was temporarily halted during the COVID pandemic, but now it’s back in 10 cities, and the sponsoring church is covering all administrative fees to guarantee that all donations are used exclusively for charitable purposes.

This is where you can find the Giving Machines and when they become active:

  • Nashville, Tennessee: now active, located at 18 Bridgestone Arena
  • Orem, Utah: active University Place Mall, started on November 23
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: active, located in the Pearlridge Center
  • Oakland, California: located at Temple Hill, active since November 27, 2021
  • New York City, New York: located at Rockefeller Plaza, to become active on November 30, 2021
  • Denver, Colorado: located at Writer Square, will become active on November 30, 2021
  • Salt Lake City, Utah: located at City Creek Center, active since November 24, 2021
  • Las Vegas, Nevada: now active, located in downtown Summerlin Mall
  • Gilbert, Arizona: located at Water Tower Plaza, active starting November 29, 2021
  • Kansas City, Missouri: located at Crown Center, to become active on November 30, 2021.

There will be several options for donations at the Giving Machines. These are some of the items that will be available for purchase, according to the outlet:

- one pair of gloves

- two basketballs

- one month of meals

- five menstrual care kits

- one goat

- two chickens

- spiritual care for seniors

- install a well

- winter boots

- two winter scarves

- warm blanket

- one laptop

- house cleaning kit.

The #LightTheWorld initiative for holiday donations formed by the Latter-day Saint Charities is meant to be “an invitation to all to make the most of the Christmas season by giving, one person at a time — in homes, in communities, and around the globe.”

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