On Friday, two cities in the Valley welcomed a vending machine that has been gaining popularity due to its ability to accept charitable contributions.
A Giving Machine opened last Friday at Gilbert Water Tower Plaza and will be in operations until the end of the year. Additionally, from November 17th to 30th, another machine will be located at the Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale. These machines enable people to donate to benefit local and global charities.
Understanding the Concept of Giving Machines
Giving Machines represent a novel approach to philanthropy, combining the convenience of modern technology with the timeless act of giving. These interactive kiosks are designed to streamline the process of making charitable donations, offering individuals an array of causes and projects to support with just a few simple clicks. Whether it’s providing meals for the homeless, funding clean water initiatives, or supporting local education programs, Giving Machines present a diverse range of charitable opportunities, allowing donors to direct their contributions toward causes that resonate with their values and passions.
The concept of Giving Machines is rooted in the belief that small acts of kindness and generosity can collectively lead to significant positive impact. By bringing together technology, community engagement, and charitable giving, these machines serve as a powerful catalyst for inspiring altruism and fostering a culture of compassion.
How Giving Machines Work
Upon approaching a Giving Machine, individuals are greeted with a digital interface that presents a curated selection of charitable causes and projects, each accompanied by compelling story and visual representations of the impact their contribution can create. This user-friendly interface serves as a bridge between the donor and the causes they are passionate about, offering a personalized and engaging donation experience.
Once a cause has been selected, donors can choose the amount they wish to contribute.
After finalizing their donation, individuals can complete the transaction through secure payment methods, leveraging the convenience of digital payments to ensure a seamless and efficient giving process.
Initiated in 2017, the LightTheWorld Giving Machines have collected over $22 million globally in donations for charitable causes. The machines are sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. According to reports, Arizona citizens have contributed a total of $3.5 million. This year, more than fifty machine sites will be located around the globe. 100% of the proceeds are directed to the chosen charities.
PHOTO CREDIT: newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org