A symbol of charitable giving, the “Giving Machines” set up by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in conjunction with charities and non-profit organizations worldwide have reached a new record.
In a statement originally published by the Church’s newsroom, Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff announced donations had surpassed $1 million dollars across the five machines located in Utah, Arizona, New York, London, and the Philippines.
“We are thrilled with the enthusiastic and generous response worldwide to the #LightTheWorld giving machines. In just a few weeks, these machines have generated 52,279 contributions, resulting in $1,332,128 in total donations to local and global charities.”
He noted half of that had been spent of livestock and animals, with $517,023 had been spent to purchase goats, cows, and chickens. Other popular items included meals, sewing machines, water bottles, and polio vaccines.
“The giving machines will remain open in each location through the end of December 2018,” Woodruff said. “We are truly touched by the willingness of people to follow the example of our Savior Jesus Christ and make a difference this Christmas season.”
Last year, the single machine on Temple Square made $551,679 total throughout the Christmas season.
You can read our in-depth interview and analysis about the Giving Machines here. Have you visited a Giving Machine? Let us know about your experience and why you donated in the comments below!
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