There is a new way to give to others this holiday season in Denver, Colorado, and it’s as easy as buying a candy bar. Denver unveiled Light the World Giving Machines at Writer’s Square downtown. The machines look like your typical vending machine, but instead, you use it to donate to local and global charities with the click of a button. These donations can take all kinds of shape, things like books, personal care items, or even a chicken dinner or live piglet for a family in need across the world.
“There are only ten vending machine complexes like this around the country,” explained Darren Walsh, President and CEO of Catholic Charities. “From our perspective you have the ability to give diapers to needy families, or warm meals to those experiencing homelessness across our community.”
It’s a unique option that allows those of a charitable spirit to donate in their own time and in what ever fashion they choose from the options. In Denver, one of the local charities that benefits is the Mile High Ministries, which helps people transitioning out of homelessness. Others include Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver, Rose Andom Center, Black Child Development Institute, and Water for People.
“We’re so blessed and there is such an abundance in our world, it’s easy to forget that something like a chicken can make a big difference in someone else’s world,” explained Sarah Twiss, who’s family was using the giving machine on Monday. “It’s cool to get beyond ourselves and share with people who really need it.” It is very cool, and this concept is your Good News Story of the Day which you can find here. As for the running of the machines, they are sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, who covers machine costs, administrative fees and other overhead. The machines will be in Writer’s Square until New Year’s Day.
Story and Image from CBS Denver.