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Latter-day Saint Charities and CWS Light the World

Image swiping your credit card at a vending machine and being able to purchase three chickens for a family in a developing country. Or an acre of sweet potatoes. Or lifesaving nutrition for a young child. This year, CWS is partnering with Latter-day Saint Charities to make that a reality for people in several major cities across the U.S.

Light the World logo

The #LightTheWorld Giving Machines provide a way for people to quickly and easily help those in need during the Christmas season. It'makes everything a little more meaningful – for them and countless others.



CWS has one goal: building a world where there is enough for all. After seven decades moving towards this goal, we have the faith and experience to know it’s possible. Working around the world, we’ve seen gardens flourishing in barren land. Migrants and refugees finding home after every door has been closed. Houses standing strong against nature’s worst disasters. That’s the power of your compassion at work when it links to human resilience.

Our Best Gift Catalog is an expression of that work. Donations made through Best Gift are one way to enter the story of this work fully. Your gift represents our deep connection and commitment to one another. It is the Best Gift because you become part of the connection.

Through our partnership with Latter-day Saint Charities, the following gifts are available through Giving Machines:

One piglet
Three Chickens
One Sheep
Lifesaving Nutrition
One Acre of Sweet Potatoes


The CWS Best Gifts will be featured in six of the ten giving machine locations:

◉  Las Vegas, Nevada (Downtown Summerlin) 
◉  Gilbert, Arizona (Water Tower Plaza)
◉  Salt Lake City, Utah (Joseph Smith Memorial Building)
◉  Orem, Utah (University Place Mall)
◉  Denver, Colorado (Writer Square)
◉  New York, New York (Manhattan New York Temple)

Ready to give right now?

Visit the CWS Best Gift Catalog online and find dozens of ways your giving can make the world a little brighter this Christmas season.

The season of giving goes beyond sharing how much we care about our immediate family, it means reaching out to our global one. But touching the hearts of those we don’t know, the ones who are in need, can seem like such a big idea that it’s hard to know where to start: That’s where Giving Machines bridge the gap. Whether it’s providing a family with the needs to start a crop of sweet potatoes in Kenya, or hens and a rooster for a mother in Myanmar to begin a business, the simple act of slipping money into a vending machine can lift up the underprivileged in a meaningful and sustainable way.

Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO, CWS