Charitable vending machines open in London this Christmas

Vending machines that allow people to give to local and global charities at the push of a button are opening in London throughout December.

Giving Machines, opened by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be running in South Kensington, allowing Londoners to pay for hot food, winter coats, nappies and mosquito nets for people in need. Users simply select which item they would like to donate and pay the cost which is given to partner charities.

Opening on December 3, Londoners can use the machines to donate to Glassdoor, Hammersmith and Fulham Food Bank, International Medical Corps, Royal British Legion and Solidarity Sports.

The vending machine project began in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2017, raising 550,000 US dollars (around £423,000).

Charitable machines will also be in operation in New York, and the Philippians. Image copyright: London Giving.

In 2018, a total of 92,190 transactions raised more than 2.3 million dollars (around £1.7 million).

The machines are part of the church’s #LightTheWorld campaign, which asks people to use the festive season to help others.

Malcolm Adcock, a church spokesman, said: “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is very pleased to be able to link with charity partners for the London launch of #LightTheWorld.

Giving Machines opened by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be running in South Kensington. Image copyright: PA

“These special machines are innovative – it’s a new way of giving during this Christmas season.”

The machines are part of a global initiative and can be found in 10 locations throughout the world, up from five locations in 2018.

Charitable machines in New York, Las Vegas, Manila in The Philippines and Oahu in Hawaii will each be open throughout December donating to local charities.

Main image copyright: PA

Written by: Ellena Cruse

First published 04.12.19:

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