Almost all vending machines are built on a business model where customers pay for an item to consume for themselves. What if there was a machine that changed the model to where customers pay for something that will go to someone else they cannot see?
There is such a unique vending machine in our world, and it comes around each Christmas season.
In 2022, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will place giving machines at 28 worldwide locations starting in late November. The machines are part of the church's Light the World 2022 campaign which encourages community members to serve and give back to those in need.
These vending machines are unique by providing a twist to customers. Instead of receiving snack, beverage, or beauty items, customers at the Light the World machines spend money on items to give to various charitable organizations. These organizations help people in need around the world and in the local community.
Items that customers can purchase in this year's machines include
Partner charities for the machine on this item include iDE Global, UNICEF, WaterAid, and Water For People
Food and Livestock
Partner charities for the machine on this item include Care, Church Worldwide Service, iDE Global, UNICEF, World Food Programme, and local food banks
Health and Wellness Items
Partner charities for the machine on this item include American Red Cross, Care, Church Worldwide Service, Mentors International, UNHCR, UNICEF, WaterAid, World Food Programme, and other local organizations
Educational Supplies and Programs
Partner charities for the machine on this item include African Girls Hope Foundation, Mentors International, UNHCR, UNICEF, and other local organizations
Partner charities for the machine on this item include Church Worldwide Service, Lifting Hands International, UNHCR, and other local charities
Partner charities for the machine on this item include UNICEF and other local organizations
Partner charities for the machine on this item include Lifting Hands International, UNHCR, and other local organizations
“These vending machines offer a unique and memorable way to share light by serving and caring for others around the world,” the Church said in a press release. “Giving Machine items include groceries, meals, fresh water, child vaccines, beds, hygiene kits, farming equipment, medical care, job training, educational supplies, beehives and livestock. The machines will be stationed at 28 sites around the world.”
For 2022, machines will be placed at the following locations
Cebu City, Philippines
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Kansas City, Missouri
Las Vegas, Nevada
Mexico City, Mexico
New York City, New York
Salt Lake City, Utah
The other eight will be placed in cities participating in what the Church describes as a “mobile giving machine experience.” These machines will briefly stay in one city and then travel to another location. (The Daily Universe)
These additional eight machines will be in the following locations:
Charleston, South Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
Gila Valley, Arizona
St. Augustine, Florida
Close to Classic Cookie's headquarters in Sevierville, TN, a giving machine will be placed in Nashville for the second straight year. In 2021, the city placed machines outside of Bridgestone Arena where the NHL's Nashville Predators play. This one machine raised over $195,000 for local charities including ABLE Youth, Elmahaba Center, N.I.C.E., One Generation Away, and Sleep in Heavenly Peace.
These unique vending machines first launched in 2017 and have raised over $15 million dollars to support those in need. 100% of the donations go to the charity you choose while the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints covers the operational costs.
While you may be buying cookies and soda from vending machines during the holiday season, be sure to visit and donate with one of these Light the World vending machines. Nothing compares to giving to those who are less fortunate than you.
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