Photo: Shane Nelson Photo.

Latter-day Saint Charities and CWS Light the World

Imagine going online and purchasing four chickens for a family in a developing country. Or a warm blanket for to keep someone warm on a cold night. Or a beehive to families who have been impacted by drought, to help them generate income sustainably.

Light the World logo

CWS is grateful to continue our partnership with Latter-day Saint Charities in 2023 with the #LightTheWorld program. The #LightTheWorld Giving Machines provide a way to help those in need during the Christmas season. And, for those who can't make it to a Giving Machine in person, the CWS Best Gift program is a wonderful way to be part of the movement, making everything a little more meaningful this season.


Three Chickens
One Beehive
One Goat
One Pig
Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes

CWS has one goal: building a world where there is enough for all. After 77 years moving towards that goal, we continue to 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 other 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 true spirit of giving always causes us to think of others and act in fellowship. It speaks to the needs of our immediate families, and often extends beyond to our global one. It fuels our compassion and drives our willingness to give. In this season of giving, one of the very best gifts we can offer is not just a ‘present’, but the future … a sustainable one where a family much like our own no longer worries about a having a safe place to call home, a meal on their table, or hope - real hope - for a better tomorrow. And that's what this effort really is about. By choosing to give at a Giving Machine, you can provide families in need with the building blocks for generational change.

Rick Santos, President and CEO, CWS

Giving Machine Locations and Dates

CWS will be featured in the following 12 locations. If you’re in the area, please sure to check it out!

United States


Dana Point Giving Machines
Dana Point Harbor
34571 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629
Dec. 19-Dec. 29

Huntington Beach Giving Machines
Pacific City Mall
21010 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Nov. 28-Dec. 17


Denver Giving Machines
Cherry Creek Holiday Market
2nd Ave. and Fillmore St., Denver, CO 80206
Nov. 16-Jan. 1, 2024


Atlanta Giving Machines
The Interlock
1115 Howell Mill Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Nov. 24–Dec. 12


Henderson Giving Machines
The District at Green Valley Ranch
2240 Village Walk Drive, Henderson, NV 89052
Nov. 15-Jan. 1, 2024

Summerlin Giving Machines
Downtown Summerlin
1980 Festival Plaza Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89135
Nov. 15-Jan. 1, 2024

North Carolina

Charlotte Giving Machines
Promenade on Providence
10844 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28277
Dec. 14-Jan. 1, 2024


Fort Worth Giving Machines
Sundance Square
420 Main St., Fort Worth TX, 76102
Dec. 5-Dec. 7

Grapevine Giving Machines
(Dallas-Fort Worth area)
102 S. Main St., Grapevine, TX 76051
Dec. 9-Dec.17

Houston Giving Machines
Conservatory Food Hall
606 Dennis St., Houston, TX 77006
Nov. 20-Jan. 1, 2024

San Antonio Giving Machines
303 Pearl Parkway, San Antonio, TX, 78215
Nov. 20-Dec. 3


Salt Lake City Giving Machines
City Creek Center
50 S. Main St., Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Nov. 21-Jan. 1, 2024