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LDS Church's Giving Machines will not be available this year due to COVID-19

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Anyone hoping to donate to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Light the World Giving Machines will have to wait until next year. (Photo: Church Newsroom)

Anyone hoping to donate to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Light the World Giving Machines will have to wait until next year.

The Church announced the machines won't be available this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year, nearly 159,000 items have been purchased at Giving Machines worldwide.

That equated to $39 million worth of donations, as of Dec. 20, 2019.

Items purchased included nearly 63,000 chickens, 1.6 million meals, 955,000 vaccines, more than 3,500 pairs of shoes and more than 7,200 pairs of glasses.

Last year, Giving Machines were open in the following locations:

  • Manila, Philippines—November 8 (TriNoma Mall)
  • Las Vegas, Nevada—November 14 (Downtown Summerlin)
  • Laie, Oahu, Hawaii—November 20 (Polynesian Cultural Center)
  • Gilbert, Arizona—November 20 (Water Tower Plaza)
  • Salt Lake City, Utah—November 26 (Joseph Smith Memorial Building)
  • Orem, Utah—November 26 (University Place Mall)
  • Denver, Colorado—November 26 (Writer Square)
  • San Jose, California—November 29 (Christmas in the Park)
  • New York, New York—December 3 (Manhattan New York Temple)
  • London, England—December 3 (Hyde Park Visitors’ Centre)

Even though the machines won't be available in 2020, the Church is still encouraging people to support Latter-day Saint Charities' global charity partners.

The Church also launched its global 2020 Christmas initiative, giving ideas for ways for people to serve others during the Christmas season.

For more information, click here.

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