A unique giving opportunity has arrived in Gilbert AZ. Light The World Giving Machines allow residents to give to those in need.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is encouraging its members and friends to #LightTheWorld this Christmas Season. One of the ways East Valley residents can give is at a Light The World Giving Machine.

The popular #LightTheWorld initiative asks people to help others in a new way each and every day. Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, spent much of His ministry caring for individuals, one by one. Join us this Christmas as we follow His example and find ways to share our time, love, and resources with those in need.

Photo Credit: Hoopes Photography

As part of the #LightTheWorld initiative, people will have the chance to provide an instant act of service by helping those in their community and around the world at special vending machines called Giving Machines. These machines allow people to make a donation by purchasing items including winter boots, holiday meals, baby supplies, “school in a box”, or even chickens and cows for needy families locally and around the world. One hundred percent of all donations go directly to charity.

Giving Machines were located in New York, Arizona, Utah, the Philippines, Great Britain in years past. This year The Church is adding Northern California, a second location in Utah, Hawaii, Nevada, and Colorado!

Photo Credit: Hoopes Photography

Kristie and I got to attend the unveiling of the Light The World Giving Machines here in Arizona at the Water Tower Plaza in Gilbert Arizona.

In 2017, the #LightTheWorld Giving Machines raised more than $550,000 for local and global charities. 

100 percent of your donation will be used for the purchased item or for similar items or services of greater need as determined by the applicable charitable organization. Administrative costs for this initiative and costs associated with its nonprofit partners are covered by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Photo Credit: Brenna Lee Photo

I did a Facebook Live to show you what it is like to use the machines. Luckily there are missionaries there. That way if you get tripped up like I did, you’ll always have someone there to help you. 

We got to check out the #GivingMachines in Gilbert Arizona that were placed by the @churchofjesuschrist.⠀ ⠀ We bought some chickens for people in need. ⠀ ⠀ Do you live near a giving machine? What would you give if you visited one?⠀ ⠀ You can learn more about the machines and if you have on near you here:⠀ https://buff.ly/2AOX69G⠀ ⠀ #LightTheWorld #LatterdaySaints Our Kerrazy Adventure #Christmas

Posted by Grady Kerr on Monday, November 25, 2019

These machines allow people to make a donation by purchasing items including winter boots and holiday meals, baby supplies, “school in a box”, and goats or chickens for needy local families and those in need around the world. I decided to get some fingerling fishes. They were only $2! One of the lowest priced items. 

Our kids are doing a bake sale, so we will come back with them to give some more. My wife Kristie shared a printable to have a Light The World bake sale of your own on her site.

There was a real fun moment while Kristie and I were doing a Facebook Live for Our Kerrazy Adventure. Someone walked up thinking we were trying to do a selfie and wanted to help by taking the picture for us. Our new friend Cassie was visiting from Nebraska and was just walking by and saw the machines.

“What? They actually exist?!”

Our New Friend Cassie
Photo Credit: Brenna Lee Photo

So if your are in Gilbert or the Phoenix area, you should come by the Light The World Giving Machines. There is such a spirit of charity and giving there. East Valley residents would often go to the Mesa Temple light this time of year. Since it is under renovation, come feel the spirit of Christmas, or the spirit of Christ, at the Light The World Giving Machines in Gilbert instead.

If you aren’t in the the Gilbert area, or near any of the other Light The World Giving Machines, I have some other ideas to help you #LightTheWorld.

If you have gone by a Giving Machine, let us know what you gave in the comments below!

I also spend some time at the Giving Machines in year’s past.

Making a donation at the #LightTheWorld giving machine.

Posted by This Mormon Life on Thursday, November 29, 2018