First of all, if you haven’t heard yet or you would like to know more about this year’s #LightTheWorld campaign that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is doing, make sure to check out this link here…#LightTheWorld – Give as He Gave
So last year Elder Brent H. Nielson, General Authority Seventy and Executive Director of the Missionary Department, explained the vending machines were a part of the Light the World campaign that as he put it a “simple way to donate to charities.”
Well this year is no different except for the fact that they are going to be in more places reaching people around the world. This year the Giving Machines will be in the following 5 locations
Joseph Smith Memorial Building – Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Downtown Gilbert – Gilbert, Arizona, USA
Manhattan Temple – New York City, New York, USA
Hyde Park Chapel – London, UK
SM Megamall – Manilla, Phillippines
In 2017, the #LightTheWorld Giving Machines raised more than $550,000 for local and global charities and this year they are partnering again with charities to help with their causes. Here for the Salt Lake City Giving Machine, they will be partnering up with Care.org, Utah Food Bank, UNICEF, Utah Refugee Connection, and EyeCare4Kids. Care.org and UNICEF are the national charities that all of the machines in the US will be donating to and each location will have specific, local charities that they will be working with.
Each Giving Machine will offer items that are needed by each charity and all donations will be accounted for by the vending machines ensuring that the exact amount purchased will be going to each charity.
Some of the items that will be included (we will be doing a Facebook live next Wednesday night at 7 when they will be unveiling the new Giving Machine in Salt Lake City, Utah) 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% of the donations 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.
To stay up to date on the Light the World campaign, make sure to check out our site or follow along at LightTheWorld.org