On Monday, people were lined up around the block to use new vending machines in downtown Denver. They weren�t lingering around in the cold to buy a candy bar or bag of chips, however. They were waiting to give something back.
The city was unveiling a suite of �Light the World Giving Machines� that offer items that go to charities to help people in need. They look like traditional vending machines with a large pane of glass in front and metal spirals that hold items in place, but once you look closer, the �products� inside are quite different than what you�d see in your office�s vending machine.
For example, the machines in Denver offer people the opportunity to spend anywhere from a few dollars to several hundred to purchase items like blankets for the homeless, bars of soup; you can even buy chickens for families in third world countries! The machine features local and global charities including the Black Child Development Institute, CWS Global, Mile High Ministries and the Rose Andom Center.
The Giving Machines are funded by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who also cover the credit card fees and the charities� overhead for the items purchased. The machines work just like a regular vending machine: you enter your payment, choose a donation and watch as the cards pile up in the bins below. The machines keep a running tally of all purchases made and they only take credit cards or mobile pay, no cash is accepted.
Check out a Giving Machine in action in NYC…
Denver is only 1 of 10 cities around the world to host a Light the World Giving Machine with others installed in London, San Diego and Manila, Philippines. The machines will be available to the public from November 26th, 2019 to January 1st, 2020. In 2018, the machines raised more than $2.3 million in five cities in just 38 days, including over $450,000 through UNICEF Inspired Gifts.
We think this is a great way to make giving easier for people this holiday season. If you can buy a candy bar, you can contribute to a charitable cause in your community � and beyond!
Denver Broncos player Garett Bolles gets into the giving spirit…
(Source: Giving Machines Denver Facebook)
To see a complete list of Giving Machine locations, click here. If you do not live near a Light the World Giving Machine you can also make a donation online. Just click on the links under the �Local charity partners� section of the organization�s website. Let�s #StartSomethingGood together.