Virtual Giving Machine Helps “Light Up the World” – Cross Timbers Gazette | South Denton County | Mound of flowers

Submitted by Clairissa Cooper

Looking for a unique gift this holiday season?

This gift does not involve standing in line. There are no shipping delays, product shortages, or worry about choosing the wrong size. With the click of a link, you can put the hustle and bustle of the holidays aside and shed light on a deeper meaning of the season.

Enter Dallas-Fort Worth Light the World Giving Machine – a website that connects people with charities in the DFW Metroplex, providing a quick and easy way to help those in need.

The initiative is a variation of the iconic red “Giving Machines” found in major cities around the world and sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is a type of vending machine that works in reverse, allowing people to purchase essentials items for a local or global charity by swiping a credit card.

Not all major markets are able to receive physical machines, but that doesn’t mean communities can’t participate in the spirit of giving. The DFW Light the World Giving Machine offers the same opportunity to “light up the world” with a simple donation.

The DFW Giving Machine is part of the Light the World campaign – an annual global initiative to bring light (service, friendship and relief) into the lives of all of God’s children. This year’s theme of Light up the world with love aims to inspire people to live the principles of Christian love through small, daily acts of service.

Links found on the DFW Giving Machine will direct visitors to an approved local charity website where Amazon’s wishlists, needed items, and other ways to help can be found. All donations will go directly to the organization.

“These organizations serve the most needy members of our community year round, and the Virtual Giving Machine provides a simple and effective way to help them light up the world with love during the Christmas season,” said Janae Baird, Fort Worth Assistant Director of Communications for The Church of Jesus Christ. “Even small donations of gift cards or needed items are a great way for people to know they are loved. “

Some of the more than 20 local charitable partners include Refugee Services of Texas, North Texas Food Bank, Salvation Army, Christian Community Action, Action Alliance International, Lovepacs, Neighbors Nourishing Neighbors, and more.

“We are so lucky in the DFW area to have such a diversity of religions, people and ethnicities. With this diversity, we are good at exemplifying a true Texan spirit where we come together whenever there is a need in the community, ”said Nancy Coplen, DFW Metro associate communications director for the Church of Jesus. -Christ.

A free calendar with daily service prompts, as well as uplifting videos and other inspiring ways to Light up the World can be found at Hundreds of thousands of people have chosen to help “Light up the World” since the initiative’s launch in 2017. Since then, more than $ 9.1 million has been donated to nonprofits and organizations. initiatives around the world.

To participate in the DFW Light the World Giving Machine, visit

The virtual donation machine will remain on the website year round, not just during the holiday season. Local charities wishlists are just a click away.

“Love and service knows no borders, religion, race or politics, and need knows no season,” said Jani Nielsen, coordinator of Giving Machine. “I hope people will also explore volunteer opportunities through for a more convenient volunteering experience. You can find an organization near you that is in need of volunteers by simply entering your zip code.

“Giving anonymously through local charities can help us show our love for our neighbors in a meaningful way, and like the three wise men we speak of in the New Testament, we can give gifts that not only help meet physical needs, but also show that we care, ”Baird said.

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