Light the World Giving Machine, where people can donate to local or global causes, in the lobby of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake Light the World Giving MachineCity on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018.

Buy A Family A Goat This Christmas??

That’s right. You can donate a goat to a poor family on the other side of the world. How you may ask, is this possible? …from a vending machine. With growing popularity, charitable vending machines are making a big difference in the lives of families statewide and on a global level this Christmas season.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints began the campaign, “Light the World” in 2016 to give people the opportunity to help others during the holiday season. The last two years they have partnered with global charities such as Eye Care 4 Kids,, WaterAid, Water for PeopleUNICEF and Utah Food Bank. You can purchase a soccer ball, clean water, hygiene supplies, livestock, clothing, eyeglasses, food, wheelchairs, and more.

The vending machines are red and substantially large and are located in 5 locations this year: in the Hyde Park Visitors’ Center in London, England; and in the SM Mega Mall in Manila, Philippines. Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City, Utah; in the Water Tower Plaza in Gilbert, Arizona; on the site of the Manhattan New York Temple in New York City, New York.

There are many ways to bring the Christmas season to life and what better way than being like Christ himself.

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