From November 29, 2023 to January 1, 2024, drop by Ballston Quarter Shopping Mall in Arlington, VA, to bring light and joy to those in need this Holiday Season through the Giving Machines! When you give through these special red vending machines, you’re partnering with the following organizations to make a difference.
About Giving Machines
The Giving Machine is a popular and visible part of Light the World, the annual Christmas initiative sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Light the World Giving Machines are in high-traffic areas of select cities worldwide. Each machine includes dozens of cards representing items needed by global and local nonprofit organizations, including Volunteers of America.
How They Work
Since 2016, Light the World has invited the global community to extend love and kindness by serving others. These customized red vending machines provide a unique, memorable, and fun way to assist the needy—around the block or around the world.
After looking through the options and making a purchase, donors watch as cards fall into a sealed collection bin. They smile, take pictures, post experiences, and relish in knowing that the life of someone they’ll never meet is now a little more bright.
Each item varies in price (from $2 on up), but each has tremendous value. Giving Machines allow individuals to purchase groceries and meals, clean and sustainable water, safe shelter, clothing and shoes, blankets and beds, educational assistance, healthcare and counseling services, immunizations, hygiene kits, job training, and the ever-popular livestock (chickens, goats, pigs, and beehives).
Since the first Giving Machine appeared in 2017, hundreds of thousands of people have visited, contributing $15 million (USD) to assist the homeless and hungry, the uneducated and unfortunate, the naked and neglected — regardless of race, nationality, or religious affiliation.
How They Support Volunteers of America
This year, Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas has been designated as one of several nonprofits to receive donations made through the Giving Machines! This means that when you visit a machine, you can select from a wide variety of items including the following that will bring hope and joy to vulnerable men, women and children Volunteers of America supports.
Can’t make it out to one the Giving Machines? You can still make an impact by giving online using the button below!
Where To Find Them
Ballston Quarter Shopping Mall
4238 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22203
Nov 24, 2023 – Jan 1, 2023
To learn more about the Light the World Giving Machines or to find a location near you please visit LightTheWorld.org.