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Latter-day Saint Charities and CWS Light the World

Image being able to go online and purchase three chickens for a family in a developing country. Or lifesaving nutrition for a young child. Or a beehive to families who have been impacted by drought, to help them generate income.

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CWS is grateful to continue our parternship with Latter-day Saint Charities in 2020 with the #LightTheWorld program and CWS Best Gifts. The #LightTheWorld Giving Machines have provided a way for people to quickly and easily help those in need during the Christmas season. And while the Giving Machines will not make their appearance in 2020 – due to safety and health considerations related to the coronavirus pandemic – the Best Gift program is a wonderful way you can everything a little more meaningful this season.


CWS has one goal: building a world where there is enough for all. After nearly 75 years 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.

Ready to find your best gift?

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

#LightTheWorld with a CWS Best Gift

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