In an effort to thank all who participated in the Church’s 2017 Light the World campaign, the Relief Society general presidency — Sister Jean B. Bingham, Sister Sharon Eubank and Sister Reyna I. Aburto — have released a video sharing what was accomplished with donations.
“You are truly a light to the world,” Sister Bingham wrote in a Facebook post accompanying the video created by LDS Charities. “Last Christmas we showed you a vending machine the Church put in Salt Lake City where you could buy a gift for someone else in need. From goats to eyeglasses, your donations had a tremendous impact on thousands of people. We created this short video to give you an update on how others have been blessed by your goodness. Thank you for inspiring us with your generosity.”
Shared on Sister Bingham’s Facebook page on Aug. 2, the video highlights some of the work that has been done with the money earned from the charity vending machines housed in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building on Temple Square during the campaign last December.
The four vending machines allowed visitors to purchase socks, new shoes, an eye exam, clean water, baby supplies, first aid kits, medication, food and even animals — a chicken or a goat.
“I myself bought a goat,” Sister Eubank reported in the video. And now, more than 2,000 goats have been donated to help families in need.
In the video Sister Aburto speaks with a representative from the Utah Food Bank who shares an accounting of how many people were provided meals with the donation from the Church.
In total, there were 23,000 donations from the campaign.
"Thank you to each one of you who made one of these donations,” Sister Bingham said in the video. “You have made a big difference. The results were more than we ever imagined — you are being a light to the world. The difference that you make is tremendous to every one of these recipients."
In the video the presidency shares how the donations have been used. Some of the highlights:
- Nearly 2,000 children were provided exams and glasses through the Utah-based organization Eye Care 4 Kids.
- More than 300 hygiene kits, 2,400 goats and 7,800 chickens were donated to CARE International.
- $79,000 — enough money to provide 194,000 meals for people struggling with food insecurity — was donated to the Utah Food Bank.
There are plans already underway to expand last year’s initiative by placing vending machines in other U.S. and international locations.