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Mormon church debuts ‘giving machines’ in Gilbert for donations

PHOENIX — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is making it easier for people in a Phoenix suburb to give back to those in need this holiday season.

The #LightTheWorld Giving Machines allows anyone in Gilbert to make charitable donations for items such as diapers, turkeys or toys.

Users simply walk up to the machines, pick an item they would like to donate and “purchase” the item.

The donations made to the giving machines will benefit global and local nonprofit organizations, including four in Arizona: A New Leaf, Helen’s Hope Chest, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and United Food Bank.

“As we participate in this campaign, as we serve each other this season, and as we buy something from these amazing machines, we realize there is joy in giving,” Sister Reyna I. Aburto said in a press release.

“Every season is a perfect season to give, not only during this time but throughout the year.”

The machines debuted at Water Tower Plaza near Page Avenue and Gilbert Road on Thanksgiving Day and will be available throughout the Christmas season.

The machines are also available in Utah, New York, the Philippines and London.

Last year’s sole giving machine in Salt Lake City raised more than $550,000 for local and global charities.

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