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What is Light the World?

Light The World, an annual Christmas initiative, invites all people to celebrate the meaning and spirit of the Christmas season by serving others.

What is a Giving Machine?

One component of this initiative is the unique red vending machines, appropriately called Giving Machines. In partnership with Latter-day Saint Charities, Light the World Giving Machines provide a fun, memorable, and in-person way for the public to give to those in need.

What makes this initiative so unique?

Rather than buying candy or snacks for oneself, Giving Machines allow people to purchase an item for someone else—across town or around the world. After the payment process completes, a card representing the item drops into an enclosed display bin. The generous donor then leaves with a digital receipt and a feeling of joy and gratitude that no candy bar will ever equal.

What can I purchase (or donate) from a Giving Machine?

Light The World Giving Machines offer a variety of essential items to assist those in need, such as food (meals and groceries), shelter, personal hygiene kits, soccer balls, clean water, clothing, beds, educational assistance, medical/eye/dental care, immunizations, personal development, counseling services, and even ducks.

What are the payment options?

Giving Machines accept credit card and mobile payments only (Apple Pay, Google Pay, etc.).

How are operational costs covered?

All operational costs and credit card transaction fees are underwritten by the Church of Jesus Christ as a gift to the worldwide community. Latter-day Saint Charities, the humanitarian arm of the Church, manages the receiving and distribution of funds at no charge. This support ensures that every penny donated is used for its intended purpose.


How are Giving Machine donations used?

Participating organizations receive 100% of the collected funds and an itemized list of donor purchases. These organizations then acquire and deliver the goods and services to those in need. In some instances, substitutions for purchased items may be necessary to meet more significant demands; however, substituted items must remain within the same category as the original purchase.

How much have Light The World Giving Machines raised?

Since the first Giving Machine launched in 2017, hundreds of thousands of people have generously contributed $15 million (USD) to assist those in need.


What items or charities require the most donations?

Every participating organization has pressing needs. Those interested may research individual nonprofit partner work at

Where can I find a Giving Machine?

Light The World Giving Machines are in select cities throughout the world. For a complete list of this year’s locations, visit

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