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Light the World Giving Machines made their debut Tuesday, November 30, at New York City’s Rockefeller Center near its iconic Christmas tree. Since 2017, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has organized the annual effort to help those in need around the world.

“We are delighted to once again partner with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on their Giving Machines project,” said Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. “This is an opportunity for Catholic Charities to promote many of our programs and giving opportunities as we embark on the Christmas season.”

New York Charities

The popular New York City destination is one of 10 locations where people can donate to dozens of local and global charities through the popular red vending machines during the Christmas season. The organizations benefiting from the New York City Giving Machines include Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, the Mariano Rivera FoundationThe New York Board of Rabbis and The Actors Fund.

“The COVID-19 pandemic brought the world to a crawl and created unprecedented challenges, particularly for members of the performing arts and entertainment community,” said Brian Stokes Mitchell, chairman of the board of The Actors Fund. “The unique Giving Machines platform will allow people to come together in support of The Actors Fund, enabling us to help thousands of people who now need our services more than ever.”

The Broadway actor and singer has performed with The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square and is a guest soloist and narrates this year’s television special, “20 Years of Christmas With The Tabernacle Choir.”

The theme for this year’s Giving Machines initiative is “Light the World with Love.”

“The word for giving in Hebrew is a palindrome that can be read the same way forward or backward, teaching us that when we give, we also receive. We are most grateful to the generous givers and hope they will receive the many blessings of life in knowing that they brought more light into our darkened world,” explained Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, executive vice president of The New York Board of Rabbis.

The charity organizations receive 100% of the funds collected.

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