Frequently Asked Questions What is Light the World? Light The World, the annual Christmas initiative sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, invites all people to celebrate the birth and life of Jesus Christ and follow in His footsteps by serving others.
What is a Giving Machine? One component of this initiative is the unique red vending machines, appropriately called Giving Machines. In partnership with Latter-day Saint Charities, Light the World Giving Machines provide a fun and memorable way for the public to give to those in need.
What makes this initiative so unique? Rather than buying candy or snacks for oneself, Giving Machines allow people to purchase an item for someone else—across town or around the world. After the payment process completes, a card representing the item drops into an enclosed display bin. The generous donor then leaves with a digital receipt and a feeling of joy and gratitude that no candy bar will ever equal.
Where can I find a Giving Machine? Light The World Giving Machines are in select cities throughout the world. For a complete list of this year’s locations: Giving Machines
What can I purchase (or donate) from a Giving Machine? Light The World Giving Machines offer a variety of essential items to assist those in need, such as food (meals and groceries), shelter, personal hygiene kits, clean water, clothing, beds, educational assistance, medical/eye/dental care, immunizations, personal development, counselling services, and even chickens, goats, pigs, and beehives.
What are the payment options? Giving Machines accept credit card and mobile payments only (Apple Pay, Google Pay, etc.).
How are Giving Machine donations used? Participating organizations receive 100% of the collected funds and an itemized list of donor purchases. These organizations then acquire and deliver the goods and services to those in need. In some instances, substitutions for purchased items may be necessary to meet more significant demands; however, substituted items must remain within the same category as the original purchase.
How are operational costs covered? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints generously underwrites all operating expenses for the Light The World Giving Machine initiative, including covering individual credit card transaction fees. Latter-day Saint Charities, the humanitarian arm of the Church, manages the receiving and distribution of funds at no charge. This support ensures that every penny donated is used for its intended purpose. How much have Light The World Giving Machines raised? Since the first Giving Machine launched in 2017, hundreds of thousands of people have generously contributed $15 million (USD) to assist those in need.
What items or charities require the most donations? Every participating organization has pressing needs. Those interested may research individual nonprofit partner work at GivingMachines.
Can I donate online? If visiting a Giving Machine is not feasible, donations may be made directly to the participating nonprofit organizations at GivingMachines. For more information about the Light the World initiative, visit LightTheWorld