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‘Light the World’ giving machines expand to more locations

Nov 3, 2022, 2:55 PM | Updated: 5:23 pm
Visitors purchase items from Light the World Giving Machines at City Creek Center in Salt Lake City...
Visitors purchase items from Light the World Giving Machines at City Creek Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Intellectual Reserve, Inc.)
(Intellectual Reserve, Inc.)

SALT LAKE CITY — “Light the World” giving machines for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are expanding this holiday season.

There will now be 28 locations around the world:

  • Brisbane, Australia
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Cebu City, Philippines
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Glendale, Arizona
  • Gilbert, Arizona
  • Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Houston, Texas
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Manila, Philippines
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • New York City, New York
  • Orem, Utah
  • Sacramento, California
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Washington, D.C.

In addition to those locations, eight other U.S. cities will participate in a mobile giving machine experience. According to the Church, the machines will visit the following cities for a short stay before traveling to a new location:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Gila Valley, Arizona
  • St. Augustine, Florida
  • Tucson, Arizona
A #LightTheWorld Giving Machine in New York City, one of 10 locations this year where people can make donations during the Christmas season. (Intellectual Reserve, Inc.) A girl looks at the many options available for purchase in a Giving Machine in Gilbert, Arizona. (Intellectual Reserve, Inc.) A Giving Machine in Gilbert, Arizona. (Intellectual Reserve, Inc.) A New York City resident makes a donation at the Giving Machine at New York City’s Rockefeller Center near the iconic Christmas tree, in New York City, New York, on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. (Intellectual Reserve, Inc.) Light the World Giving Machines made their debut at New York City’s Rockefeller Center near its iconic Christmas tree on Giving Tuesday, November 30, 2021. Since 2017, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has organized the annual effort to help those in need around the world. (Intellectual Reserve, Inc.) Light the World Giving Machines made their debut at New York City’s Rockefeller Center near its iconic Christmas tree on Giving Tuesday, November 30, 2021, Since 2017, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has organized the annual effort to help those in need around the world. (Intellectual Reserve, Inc.) A New York City resident makes a donation at the Giving Machine at New York City’s Rockefeller Center near its iconic Christmas tree in New York City, New York, on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. (Intellectual Reserve, Inc.)

“The 2022 Light the World initiative invites us all to ask and act on this question: Who needs my light today?” read a Thursday press release from the Church.

The giving machines include items like groceries, fresh water, child vaccines, beds, hygiene kits, farming equipment, medical care, job training, educational supplies, beehives and livestock. People can purchase any of those items to help people around the world.

According to the release, 125 local and global nonprofits will join the Church for this year’s “Light the World” giving machines.

This year’s global nonprofit participants are:

  • African Girls Hope Foundation
  • American Red Cross
  • Church World Service
  • International Development Enterprises
  • Lifting Hands International
  • Mentors International
  • UNHCR
  • UNICEF
  • Water For People
  • World Food Program

“Since the first Giving Machine appeared in 2017, total contributions have reached US$15 million,” the release states.

Those unable to visit a physical machine can participate online at LightTheWorld.org/give.

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