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Latter-day Saints are distributing unique items and services worth more than $6 million in support of 45 global and local charities and their communities.

Over a span of 54 days, the collective contributions were gathered during The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ #LightTheWorld Christmas season campaign and are now being delivered to the various organizations that participated.

“Any place where a Latter-day Saint lives, we are trying to be good people in our communities and lift people up,” said Sharon Eubank, president of Latter-day Saint Charities, the humanitarian arm of the Church.

During the service-centered initiative, Giving Machines were placed at 10 different locations around the world.

The vending machines provided Church members with opportunities to sponsor specific service activities with the swipe of a bank card or cash to help partnering charities purchase items such as food, clothing, medicine, hygiene supplies, sporting equipment and livestock for the different demographics they serve.

“We’re givers and receivers at different points and parts of our lives,” said Sister Eubank. “Something like this connects us to one another.”

The check distribution for a combined total of $3,260,267 on behalf of Latter-day Saint donors from around the world who chose to give to international organizations recently took place in New York City.

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