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This past holiday season, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints brought charitable giving to the streets of New York; Salt Lake City; Gilbert City, AZ; London and Manila in an unexpected way: Giving Machines. Using one of the most common and easily understood transactional platforms — the vending machine — these Giving Machines allow a passerby to make donations to both local and global charities, purchasing anything from winter boots and holiday meals for families in need to malaria treatments, baby resuscitation kits and School-in-a-Box kits for children and families around the globe.
Giving Machines make it easy to help vulnerable children
UNICEF was proud to be featured as one of the global partners in New York, Salt Lake City and Gilbert, where UNICEF Inspired Gifts were on display for "purchase."
The #LightTheWorld campaign took place from Giving Tuesday (November 26, 2018) through the end of the year, allowing members of the Church and the general public to purchase UNICEF Inspired Gifts.
The 2018 #LightTheWorld campaign raised $450,000 for UNICEF Inspired Gifts
The UNICEF Inspired Gifts chosen to be in the Giving Machines included lifesaving supplies such as mosquito nets, vaccines and Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food packets, and items that ensure vulnerable children can learn and play — and just be kids! — including backpacks, soccer balls and School-in-a-Box kits to keep children learning even in the midst of displacement and disaster.
"It is such a fun and easy way to give," said UNICEF USA Vice President, Global Cause Partnerships Leslie Goldman.
It is such a fun and easy way to give. — Leslie Goldman, UNICEF USA Vice President, Global Cause Partnerships
Through the #LightTheWorld campaign, more than $450,000 was raised for UNICEF Inspired Gifts!
Thanks to the support UNICEF received, 370,000 polio vaccine doses can be purchased and 3,564 soccer balls can go to children in communities all over the world. More than 9,300 children can benefit from education in emergencies thanks to School-in-a-Box kits and 2,732 resuscitation kits can be procured, saving countless babies' lives.
This impact is possible thanks to UNICEF USA partners LDS Charities and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — who invited UNICEF USA to join the #LightTheWorld initiative — and the thousands of individuals who stepped up to Giving Machines last year and made a donation to help a child in need.
Below are just a few examples of the impact UNICEF Inspired Gifts can have on children around the world:
UNICEF backpacks are the perfect size for young students to carry the materials they need for successful learning in school.
Resuscitation Kits for Babies
Lifesaving baby resuscitation kits provide immediate emergency assistance to save the lives of newborns who are not breathing properly at birth.
A single School-in-a-Box kit contains enough supplies and materials to help at least 40 children continue their education during times of emergency and conflict. Classroom materials come packed in a large aluminum case: notebooks, pencils, erasers, scissors, posters, a teaching clock, markers and flip chart — even an inflatable globe for geography lessons. The kit also contains resources for teachers, including special information on social inclusion and teaching children with disabilities.
UNICEF provides warm thermal fleece blankets to children and families in emergency situations, hospitals and Early Childhood Development centers.
LDS Charities is the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Its purpose is to relieve suffering, foster self-reliance and provide opportunities for service. LDS Charities sponsors relief and development projects in 189 countries and gives assistance without regard to race, religious affiliation or nationality. Aid is based on the core principles of personal responsibility, community support, self-reliance and sustainability. Largely run with volunteer labor, LDS Charities operates both independently and in cooperation with other charitable organizations and governments.
LDS Charities and UNICEF USA have been in partnership since 2013, supporting programs to reach the world's most vulnerable children and families.
Top photo: Aisha Mohammed, a UNICEF-supported polio team vaccinator, walks through Muna Garage camp for internally displaced persons in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria in January 2018. © UNICEF/UN0233296/Naftalin