NEW YORK, Dec. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, Dec. 3 – "Giving Tuesday" – a group of local and international charities will host a kickoff event that brings holiday giving to the streets of New York City in a unique way: charitable vending machines. Instead of buying snacks or soda at the machines, supporters can make donations to local and global charities. Partner charities include including UNICEF USA, WaterAid, Church World Service (CWS), the West Side Campaign Against Hunger, Art Start, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York and Latter-day Saint Charities. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which operates the Giving Machines, covers all administrative costs to ensure 100% of each donation goes directly to charity.
Items range from $5 to $200 and each charity has provided items for purchase related to the services they offer. In addition to traditional gifts like clothing and art supplies, donors can also purchase livestock including sheep and chickens, polio vaccines, a reliable toilet for a school and even a portable "school-in-a-box" kit. After donors make their purchase, the Giving Machine dispenses a postcard featuring an image and description of their donation.
Located in 10 cities across the country and around the world, the Giving Machines are part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' #LightTheWorld campaign, which invites people to spend the Christmas season giving back to their local and global communities through acts of service.
WHAT: A ribbon cutting to officially open the machines for donations. Representatives from partner charities will make brief remarks about the importance of service and charity during the holiday season.
WHO: The following individuals will be in attendance and available for interviews:
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Elder David Buckner
- UNICEF USA – Leslie Goldman
- Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of NY – Monsignor Kevin Sullivan
- Church World Service (CWS) – Rev. John L. McCullough
- Art Start – Mariama Noguera-Devers
- WaterAid America — Emily Haile
- West Side Campaign Against Hunger – Chef Greg Silverman
WHEN: Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 11:00 am 11:30 am
WHERE: Outside the Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
125 Columbus Ave (Columbus Ave and W 65th St.)
SOURCE The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints