When we walk past a vending machine the first thought that typically crosses our minds is ‘what do I want for myself?’.
But what if the vending machine offered you the chance to treat someone in need with something of use to them?
The machine that you see in the picture may look like a normal vending machine at first glance, but in fact it is a machine that is designed to give a lot more than just a soda or sugary snack.
It’s called the “Giving Machine” and it allows users to donates essential items to charities, both local and around the globe, at the swipe of a card.
So instead of high calorie snacks that you might feel guilty about after consuming, the machine contains a wide range of charitable options, such as providing an underprivileged school with textbooks, supplying a homeless shelter with a dozen meals, or even gifting a pair of chickens to a struggling family in a developing country.
As it stands, there are only ten of these machines in operation in the world. This one was recently launched in Denver, Colorado, and will be stationed in Writer’s Square until January 1st.
The idea was conceived by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as part of their #LightTheWorld campaign which is all about reminding people to be charitable and look after those in need during the holiday season.
The other machines are stationed in various locations, such as Hawaii, Salt Lake City, London, and the Philippines.
Sister Bonnie H. Cordon from the organization said:
“These Giving Machines are an example of the big things that can happen when many people give just a little. 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.”
The Giving Machines have been in action for 3 years already, and have raised more than $2.3 million for local and global charities. You can check out the total donations for 2019, which are continuously updates, by visiting their website.
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