The #LightTheWorld campaign of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will open donation machines in 17 states and five other countries around the world. Eight cities will be visited by mobile versions of the donation-focused vending machines.
The first Giving Machines opened on Wednesday, November 16 in Las Vegas, Nevada and Kansas City, Missouri. On Thursday, November 17th, Giving Machines opened in the Philippines.
See below for the unboxing celebrations. This will be updated once the Giving Machines are open.
What are vending machines?
Giving Machines offer a unique opportunity to serve and care for others around the world by enabling donors to purchase items such as food, fresh water, childhood vaccines, beds, hygiene kits, farm equipment, medical supplies, job training and “choose” education. Supplies, beehives and livestock as charitable donations. Nearly 125 local and global nonprofit organizations join the Church to care and serve millions of people in need.
With the launch of the first Giving Machine in 2017, total contributions have reached $15 million over the five-year period. Vending machines were not available in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
The Giving Machines are part of the Light the World 2022 initiative, which this year has the motto “The world needs your light”. Visit LightTheWorld.org for more information.
Learn more about the Giving Machines opening celebrations in an area and a schedule for the planned Giving Machines opening. A list of locations can be found here. Not near a vending machine? Online donations can be made at LightTheWorld.org/give.
A special ceremony of song and music—including the traditional blowing of a conch shell—marked the November 19 opening of the Hawaii Giving Machines at the Pearlridge Center. Hawaii’s Lt. gov. Josh Green helped highlight the local and national charities that will benefit from this year’s donations.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Golden Knights hockey player Keegan Kolesar and Chance, the Knights’ Gila monster mascot, made a donation during the unboxing November 16 at the Las Vegas Giving Machines in Downtown Summerlin.
See churchofjesuschristinlasvegas.org/giving-machine for information about the Giving Machines and other events.
Elder Steven R. Bangerter, President of the General Authority Seventy and Philippines Area, and Sister Susan Bangerter conducted the unveiling of the donation machines at the Festival Mall Alabang on November 17. Other local celebrities, opinion leaders and religious leaders were in attendance.
Another donation machine in Cebu City at Ayala Center Cebu is scheduled to open on November 25th.
Kansas City, Missouri
Relief Society general president Camille N. Johnson, along with representatives from the Kansas City Chiefs organization, helped unpack the donation machines at the Crown Center on November 16.
“We are all children of God. What a blessing it is to share what we have, our wealth, with those who have less and to help up those in need,” said President Johnson.
Other local celebrities have been involved in promoting the Giving Machines, including Kansas City actor Paul Rudd, who also portrays Ant-Man in the superhero DC movies, and Modern Family actor Eric Stonestreet.
For information about the Giving Machines and other events, visit givemachineskc.org.
Arizona: Gilbert and Flagstaff
Gilbert, Arizona’s Giving Machines opens Friday, November 18 at Water Tower Plaza. Another in Glendale at Murphy Park will open on November 22nd.
The mobile Giving Machines opened in Flagstaff on Wednesday, November 16th and will be there through December 1st.
Opening hours of the Giving Machines
- Honolulu, Hawaii – Opening November 19 at the Pearlridge Center
- Houston, Texas – Opening November 21 at Bravery Chef Hall
- Mexico City, Mexico – Opening November 21 in two locations: Plaza Satélite and Centro Comercial Perisur
- Orem, Utah – Opening November 22 at University Place Mall
- Salt Lake City, Utah – Opening November 22 at City Creek Center
- St. Augustine, Fla. – Mobile Donation Machine Opening Nov. 25-29 at St. Augustine Visitor Center; it will also be held in Birmingham, Alabama at City Walk BHAM December 1-4; Atlanta, Georgia at The Interlock December 6-11; Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Promenade in Providence, 13-17 December; and Charleston, South Carolina, at Miracle Park December 18-23.
- Denver, Colorado – Opening November 20, celebration November 26 in Writer Square
- Brisbane, Australia – Opening on November 26 at a location to be determined
- Calgary, Alberta – Opening November 29 at South Center Mall
- New York City – Opening November 29 at Rockefeller Center
- Nashville, Tennessee – Opening November 29 at the CoolSprings Galleria
- Seattle, Washington – Opening November 29 at Bellevue Square Park
- Sacramento, California – Opening November 30 at the Westfield Galleria in Roseville.
- Washington, DC – Opening November 30 at a location to be determined
- Guatemala City, Guatemala – Opening December 1 in two locations – Pradera Vistares and Pradera Concepción