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New Videos Shows Church Distributing Light the World Donations

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After raising more than $6.3 million for charity throughout the Christmas season, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint has released a video showing many of the funds being delivered around the world. The video also highlights the benefits these donations are having to the recipients.

The money was raised by the Church’s Giving Machines as part of it’s Light the World initiative. The machines allowed participants to donate goods to local and national charities and were located in ten cities around the world.

One of the largest donations went to Church World Services, a group that provides sustainable self-help, disaster relief, and refugee assistance.

“We’re very humbled by the fact that Church World Services was the organization that received the largest donations,” said Maurice A. Bloem, Vice President of Church World Services, after receiving a monetary donation worth almost $1.9 million. Overall, participants purchased 8,791 of lifesaving nutrition, 1,248 acres of sweet potatoes and over 45,000 livestock animals during the campaign for Church World Services.

In Utah, Zynab Adam, a former refugee originally from Sudan, expressed her gratitude for the $124,000 given to the Utah Refugee Connection. “I [would] like to say thank you, thank you and thank you. [It’s] not enough for you, for all the people [that] support refugees.”

For more great stories about the Light the World donations changing lives, read the Church’s full news release here.

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