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Giving Machines open in Australia, Philippines and Colorado and go mobile in Florida

See the unwrapping celebrations as the 2022 Giving Machines open in 28 locations across the U.S. and around the world for #LightTheWorld

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The mobile Giving Machines make its first stop in St. Augustine, Florida, from Nov. 25 to Nov. 29, 2022.

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Giving Machines open in Australia, Philippines and Colorado and go mobile in Florida

See the unwrapping celebrations as the 2022 Giving Machines open in 28 locations across the U.S. and around the world for #LightTheWorld

MobileGivingMachines.jpeg

The mobile Giving Machines make its first stop in St. Augustine, Florida, from Nov. 25 to Nov. 29, 2022.

Screenshot from Facebook

Giving Machines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ #LightTheWorld campaign are opening in 17 states in the U.S. and five other countries around the world. Eight cities will be visited by mobile versions of the giving-focused vending machines.

See below for unwrapping celebrations. This will be updated as the Giving Machines open.

What are Giving Machines?

Giving Machines offer a unique way to serve and care for others across the globe, giving donors an opportunity to “select” items such as groceries, fresh water, child vaccines, beds, hygiene kits, farming equipment, medical care, job training, educational supplies, beehives and livestock as charitable donations. Nearly 125 local and global nonprofits are joining the Church in caring for and serving millions of people in need.

With the first Giving Machine having debuted in 2017, total contributions have reached $15 million over the five-year period. Giving Machines were not available in 2020 because of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

The Giving Machines are part of the 2022 Light the World initiative, which this year has the theme, “The world needs your light.” More information can be found at LightTheWorld.org.

Here’s more about the celebrations when Giving Machines open in an area and a schedule of when Giving Machines are scheduled to open. See a list of locations here. Not near a Giving Machine? Online donations can be made at LightTheWorld.org/give.

Brisbane, Australia

The first Giving Machines in the Southern Hemisphere opened in Brisbane, Australia, on Nov. 26. Elder Peter F. Meurs, a General Authority Seventy and serving in the Pacific Area presidency, and Logan City Mayor Darren Power helped cut the red ribbon with other officials to officially launch the Giving Machine at the Logan Hyperdome Shopping Centre.

It will be open until Dec. 28. See givingmachine.org.au for information.

Denver, Colorado

With music and balloons under blue skies, Giving Machines in Denver, Colorado, were unwrapped on Nov. 26, at Writer Square. Representatives of the local charities were also available throughout the celebrations. The outdoor machines are open through Jan. 1.

See givingmachinesdenver.org for information about the Giving Machines and other events.

St. Augustine, Florida

The mobile Giving Machines opened Nov. 25, at St. Augustine Visitor’s Center in St. Augustine, Florida, with options to benefit two local charities, St. Gerard Campus which helps teen mothers, and Miriam’s Basket, which helps provide clothes and shoes to children in crisis. With oversized scissors, representatives of both organizations helped cut a yellow ribbon during the celebration.

The machines are open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Nov. 29. The mobile machines then move to Birmingham, Alabama at City Walk BHAM Dec. 1-4. They will also be in Atlanta, Georgia, at The Interlock Dec. 6-11; Charlotte, North Carolina at the Promenade on Providence Dec. 13-17; and Charleston, South Carolina, at Miracle Park from Dec. 18-23.

See www.mobilegivingmachine.org for information.

Cebu City, Philippines

A second Giving Machine in the Philippines at in Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu City, opened Nov. 25. Elder Steven R. Bangerter and Elder Yoon Hwan Choi, both General Authority Seventies and serving in the Philippines Area presidency, spoke at the celebration. Others, including charity representatives, local officials and influencers were at the opening celebrations for the two machines on the ground level of Ayala Center Cebu shopping mall.

“Giving Machines give us the opportunity, even in the private times of our life when nobody else is looking and no one knows what we’re doing, to go up to a machine, put in a few pesos and have 100% of our donation go to those who are poor and those who are in need,” Elder Bangerter said.

Sacramento, California

Sacramento’s Giving Machines opened Nov. 22 at Westfield Galleria Mall, Roseville. The location will be open during mall hours through Jan. 2, 2023, benefitting local and global charities.

See givingmachinesgreatersacramento.org for information about the Giving Machines and other events.

Orem, Utah

On Nov. 22, the Orem Giving Machines opened at University Place Mall, with the Truman Brothers band performing to kickoff the evening.

Elder Evan A. Schmutz, General Authority Seventy and first counselor in the Utah Area presidency, said during the event: “I’m very grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ, the gospel that provides this kind of giving. When we consider the light of Christ in our lives, we will seek to share that light with others.”

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The Truman Brothers band, comprising of brothers Ben and Chad Truman from Nashville, Tennessee, perform at the kickoff to the Orem Giving Machines at University Place in Orem, Utah, on Nov. 22, 2022.

Zachary Konecki, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Salt Lake City, Utah

Two ceremonies on Nov. 22 marked the opening of the Salt Lake City Giving Machines at City Creek Center, one at noon and one at 5 p.m, with singer-songwriter Adassa — the voice of Dolores from Disney’s Encanto — performing for the outdoor crowd.

Elder Hugo E. Martinez, General Authority Seventy and second counselor in the Church’s Utah Area, said: “You stand in front of the machine and look at what is being offered. You just feel it in your heart and in your mind that you are to give. Nobody reports it but the mere fact at that precise moment you feel inspired to do it — that fills your heart with joy.”

Glendale, Arizona

A Giving Machine site in West Valley in Glendale opened at Murphy Park on Nov. 22 and will remain open for donations through Jan. 7, 2023.

St. Vincent de Paul in Phoenix tweeted their appreciation at being included as a charitable organization this year: “Giving Machines are stocked with options like buying a pair of shoes or 100 meals for your local charity to help make the Christmas season more meaningful for others!”

Gilbert, Arizona

Elder Michael A. Dunn, General Authority Seventy and counselor in the presidency of the North America Southwest Area, spoke at the ribbon-cutting event at the East Valley location at Water Tower Plaza in Gilbert on Nov. 18.

“May we, as we celebrate this Giving Machine, ourselves turn into ‘giving machines’ in terms of being willing to share and to sacrifice and really be a part of the greater good — the celebration of light and truth and goodness — which is this season,” he said.

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Local nonprofit organizations help unwrap the Light the World Giving Machine in Gilbert, Arizona, on Nov. 18, 2022.

Kary Ann Hoopes

Flagstaff, Arizona

The mobile Giving Machine arrived in Flagstaff on Nov. 17, and will stay through Dec. 1 before moving on. It can be found at Heritage Square. It will open in Gila Valley at Safford City Hall from Dec. 3-15. and then move to Tucson at Park Place Mall from Dec. 17-Jan. 1.

Houston, Texas

Located at Bravery Chef Hall, the Houston Giving Machines opened on a rainy Monday morning, Nov. 21, benefiting charities in the area and international organizations. Houston Astros mascot Orbit made the first purchase to cheers from the crowd.

The Giving Machines are open in Houston through Jan. 2, 2023. See givingmachineshouston.org for information about the Giving Machines and other events.

Honolulu, Hawaii

A special ceremony with song and music — including the traditional blowing of a conch shell — marked the opening of the Hawaii Giving Machines at Pearlridge Center on Nov. 19. Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green helped highlight the local and national charities that will benefit from this year’s donations through Jan. 2, 2023.

See givingmachine808.com for information about the Giving Machines and other events.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Golden Knights hockey player Keegan Kolesar and Chance, the Knights’ Gila monster mascot, made the first donations at the Las Vegas Giving Machines at Downtown Summerlin during the unwrapping on Nov. 16.

See churchofjesuschristinlasvegas.org/giving-machine for information about the Giving Machines and other events.

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Golden Knights player Keegan Kolesar and mascot Chance make a donation at the Giving Machines in Las Vegas, Nevada, during the opening on Nov. 16, 2022. They selected meals, a coat, a goat and underwear.

Andrea MacKay

Manila, Philippines

Elder Steven R. Bangerter, a General Authority Seventy and Philippines Area president, and Sister Susan Bangerter led the unveiling of the giving machines at Festival Mall Alabang on Nov. 17. Other local celebrities, influencers and religious leaders were in attendance.

Another Giving Machine in Cebu City at Ayala Center Cebu is scheduled to open Nov. 25.

Kansas City, Missouri

Relief Society General President Camille N. Johnson along with representatives of the Kansas City Chiefs organization helped unwrap the Giving Machines at Crown Center on Nov. 16.

“We are all children of God. What a blessing it is to share what we have, our abundance, with those who have less, and to lift those who need a hand up,” President Johnson said.

Other local celebrities have been involved in promoting the Giving Machines, including Kansas City native and actor Paul Rudd, whose film credits include portraying the Marvel superhero Ant-Man, and “Modern Family” actor Eric Stonestreet.

See givingmachineskc.org for information about the Giving Machines and other events.

Giving Machines opening schedule

Note: The locations for the Giving Machines in Mexico City, Mexico; Brisbane, Australia; and Washington, D.C., were updated on Nov. 23.

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