(LAS VEGAS) – The Giving Machine, the popular #LightTheWorld vending machine that works in reverse by giving users an opportunity to purchase a variety of much-needed items for local and global charities via the swipe of a credit or debit card, or Apple and Google Pay, remains at Downtown Summerlin through Jan. 1, 2023.
Vegas Golden Knights player Keegan Kolesar made the first ceremonial donation with the help of VGK mascot, Chance – to mark the beginning of the holiday giving season.
In 2021, a global campaign in 2021 raised more than $5.8 million worldwide, with more than $740,000 donated at Downtown Summerlin to support five local nonprofits, two global charities.
Local nonprofit beneficiaries this year include Catholic Charities, HELP of Southern Nevada, Project 150, Three Square and Volunteers in Medicine. Global beneficiaries include Church World Services and Lifting Hands International.
Las Vegans can make donations by purchasing items that range in price from $3 to $250 and include staples such as meals on wheels and pet food for homebound seniors, bus passes, nebulizers and blood pressure cuffs, food for Ukrainian families, clothing, coats, and hygiene items. For the global charities, items include chickens, beehives, milk goats and education costs for young girls.
Now in its fifth year, Giving Machines, a global initiative of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, raised more than $5.8 million at ten locations worldwide during the 2021 holiday season with more than $740,000 donated by more than 41,000 visitors at the Downtown Summerlin Giving Machine. Of that total, more than $500,000 was donated to support five local nonprofits, and nearly $240,000 was donated to two global nonprofits.
For more information, visit GivingMachinesLasVegas.com.