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The LDS Church announced Friday that its Light the World initiative has raised nearly half a million dollars this month through charity vending machines temporarily installed on Temple Square.

All of the money raised will go to five charities represented in the machines at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

“As of today the machines have logged 23,899 transactions totaling $469,085 in donations,” said Daniel Woodruff, a spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“I’d call it a big hit,” said Fredrick Anyanwu, associate vice president of resource development at CARE, which has been a partner of LDS Charities for more than 30 years and provides food aid, child nutrition, girls education, maternal health and microfinance programs and more in 84 countries.

Anyanwu said the machines helped connect people to the developing world, bringing them closer to the work being done overseas.

“These vending machines signify how a small amount of money will make a real, significant impact to a family overseas,” he said.

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