‘Giving Machines’ Where You Can Donate Blankets, Boots, or Chickens

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This is such a great idea, people can donate to those in need, and this is how it works...

When a person makes a purchase with their credit card, the Giving Machine give out a postcard with a picture and description of their donation.

Theres 10 cities with vending machines nationwide, and one of them will be at Rockefeller Center in New York City, just just south of the famous Christmas tree. The machine will debut on Tuesday, Nov. 30—which is the day known as “Giving Tuesday”—speeches will be given by people at UNICEF, WaterAid, the UNHCR, CARE, the Mariano Rivera Foundation, and other charities.

The first Giving Machine was opened in 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah, where the sponsoring organization, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is headquartered.

The Utah pilot program did so well bringing in donations totaling more than a half million dollars. A year later, the response was even larger, with more than $2.3 million donated through a total of 92,190 Giving Machine transactions.

In 2019, the program grew, and donations got as high as $6.2 million—with two locations outside the United States that year: in the Philippine capitol and in London.

The program stopped in 2020 because of COVID, but the Giving Machines are back, in ten different U.S. cities—with the Church covering all administrative costs for the campaign so that 100 percent of each donation goes to each charity.


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