Usually, we visit a vending machine to get something for ourselves, but LightTheWorld Giving Machines are a way to give to someone else. Giving Machines make it easy to support global charities that provide those in need with items such as clothing, eyeglasses, medicine, hygiene supplies, wheelchairs, sporting equipment, and even livestock.
Imagine swiping your credit card at a vending machine—but instead of buying a candy bar for yourself, you’re buying a sheep for a family in a third-world country. Or a polio vaccine. Or a pair of shoes. Or 100 meals for your local food bank. With the LightTheWorld Giving Machines, that’s exactly what happens. The Giving Machines provide a way for people to follow the example of Jesus to help those in need and make the Christmas season a little more meaningful for themselves and for countless others.
In 2019, Giving Machines collected more than $3.9 million in donations. Items purchased included nearly 63,000 chickens, 1.6 million meals, 955,000 vaccines, more than 3,500 pairs of shoes, and more than 7,200 pairs of glasses. One hundred percent of the contribution goes to the charities represented at the Giving Machines, and the Church covers any credit card fees.
Giving Machines can be found in ten US locations this year.
This Christmas Season there will not be a Giving Machine physically near us here in the Willamette Valley; however, we invite you to join in our virtual Giving Machine by participating in our giving campaign as part of LightTheWorld Corvallis. There will be opportunities to purchase a gift for someone in need. You can make a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need after each LightTheWorld concert where you can participate in our virtual Giving Machine.
You may also join in this movement right now from the comfort of your home. You are invited to make a donation to a local charity of your choice by clicking here ~ OR ~ you may make a donation to a vetted and trusted global charity by clicking here.