Skip to main content

December 1st: #LightTheWorld by Giving

Happy December! It's time to kick-off the #LightTheWorld campaign. Each day through Christmas, a scriptural verse is featured and the challenge is to find some way to implement the counsel in our own lives. It's not meant to be overwhelming; participate however you can.

Today's verse, Matthew 10:8, sets the tone for the whole month: Freely ye have received, freely give. I love the feeling that comes with giving, especially when the gift is truly appreciated--something needed or wanted. 

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to drive to Salt Lake City, Utah, for the unveiling of some very unusual kiosks. Set in the lovely Joseph Smith Memorial Building on Temple Square, these vending machines allow visitors to donate to various charities. After inserting cash or credit card, the giver punches in the letter and number of one of the items displayed, and watches as the selected gift falls to the bottom of the machine. Unlike normal vending machines, there isn't a way for the purchaser to retrieve the item (with the exception of one machine that gives cards listing service ideas); instead, the items collect in a clear case, so it is easy to see how the contributions add up. 


Photo: Workers stock and clean red #LightTheWorld vending machines. Above the machines is the question: "This Christmas season, how will you #LightTheWorld?
Different vending machines benefit different charities. One, benefiting Care.org, is stocked with items ranging from pacifiers to goats. (To be honest, the goats aren't actually in the machines, but rather, cards that specify the purchase of a goat.) Another, benefiting the Utah Food Bank and Eye Care 4 Kids, offers beans, rice, and other food items, as well as eyeglasses and vouchers for eye exams. A third machine collects funds for Wateraid and Water for People. The final one accepts no money, but freely offers printed cards with ideas on how to serve in other ways. 

One hundred percent of the money received goes to the various charities. A tax receipt prints out for the giver. 

What do you think of this concept? Would you like to use vending machines like these? What are some of your favorite charities?

Comments

  1. I love this! Saw the video earlier about the service vending machines but I didn't know they were actually going to set them up!! This is exciting! LDS Charities has to be my favorite charity because I know that 100% goes to the people.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. LDS Charities is great! While not every charity has the resources to use 100% of donations on the needy, I do like to consider how the donations are used. The vending machines give 100% of what is received to the various charities listed. A quick search of those charities' websites showed me that the water charities use 79-80% of the funds received to directly benefit those they serve. The other charities use 89-95% in direct service.

      Delete
  2. Wow, I had no idea such kiosks existed. They are fascinating and will touch the lives of the recipients and those who donate.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Currently, they are only in Salt Lake City, although one was in New York City for the filming of a video. In the future, they might be set up in other places as well.

      Delete

Post a Comment

Conversations are so much nicer when more than one person does the talking. :-) Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts; I'd love to hear from you!

Popular posts from this blog

It's #RootsTech Giveaway Time!

In February of 2018, not knowing exactly what to expect, I attended RootsTech for the first time. What I learned is that RootsTech has something for everyone, from the most beginner of beginners to professional DNA genealogists. If you are interested in your own family story, come to RootsTech! RootsTech offers over 300 classes, amazing keynote speakers, an Expo Hall packed with all sorts of vendors, and evening cultural events. 

After an enjoyable experience in 2018, I returned in 2019, and even got my husband, John, to come one of the days to hear Saroo Brierley give a keynote address. 

Speaking of keynote addresses, this week RootsTech just announced that one of the speakers for 2020 will be David Hume Kennerly, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer. I can't wait to hear his story!

RootsTech 2020 will celebrate its 10th anniversary, and is bound to be the best one yet! I have been delighted to be accepted as an official RootsTech ambassador. One of the perks is that I received a c…

Ten Things of Thankful: So Long, October!

Although the number of good moments in October outnumbered the sad, I'm still thankful it is now November!

November brings:
1. a time change. I'm thankful that mornings will be lighter earlier.
2. John's birthday. I'm thankful for him, and love thinking of ways to make his day special.
3. Drexel's birthday. He will be 7 years old this month. Time passes so quickly! I'm thankful for him; he's a good dog. 
4. Thanksgiving. I'm thankful we have a designated day to remember to be thankful.
5. Oldest granddaughter's birthday. She will also be 7 this month. Time passes so quickly! I'm thankful for her; she's a sweet girl.

Other things I'm thankful for this week:
6. Books. I read Educated  and started It's All Relative. Educated is thought-provoking on many levels. I'm looking forward to finishing It's All Relative; I started it in the Baker City Public Library while waiting for our van to be repaired. My copy from Amazon should arrive late…

Ten Things of Thankful: Nearly Christmas Edition

This is a busy time of year, and though it isn't as busy for me as it has been in past years, my to-do list still seems longer than the hours in the days. However, I find that when I spend time to focus on the reason for the season, I can feel the joy of Christmas and the tasks-at-hand fall back into their proper place. This week I had the opportunity to attend some wonderful events, and I'd love to take you along for a virtual tour:

Let's start at the Conference Center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, last Friday night. The Tabernacle Choir joined with the Orchestra at Temple Square and the Bells on Temple Square, along with dancers and guest artists Kelli O'Hara and Richard Thomas, to present a spectacular Christmas concert. Although I couldn't record any of the performance, the following 2-minute video from the church provides an overview:




The last time John and I had attended a Christmas concert by the Tabernacle Choir, they were still holding those conc…