The Giving Machines will return to Denver the week of Thanksgiving 2022. 

Light the World Giving Machines Denver Q&A

What are Light the World Giving Machines?
Vending machines where donating to charity is as easy as buying a candy bar.

How do they work?
Insert payment, select an item and a card representing your gift drops into a bin so you can watch the donations
pile up. The machines keep a running total of all purchases made.

How can I pay?
Credit card or mobile pay – just like a regular vending machine. (Sorry, no cash.)

Where are the machines?
A bank of three machines will be at Writer Square at Larimer and 15th Street in downtown Denver.

When are they open?
Thanksgiving 2022 through New Years 2023

What charities can I donate to at a Giving Machine?
We will announce the local and global charities in the fall of 2022.

What can I give?
You can select from 30 different items addressing causes like health, housing, education and refugees. Each charity has specified items they need the most.

How much can I donate?
Items range from less than $5 to $300.

Why donate at a Giving Machine instead of some other way?

  • At a Light the World Giving Machine, all of your donation – 100% – reaches the people served. Costs for the machines and credit card fees plus the charities’ overhead for your item are covered by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • You and your family and friends get to actually see and choose what to give.
  • It’s fun to go downtown during the holidays!

Is my donation tax-deductible?
Donations are eligible for tax deductions. Receipts will be available by text or email.