November 24, 2023 | 10:00 am – January 7, 2024 | 9:00 pm
Clay Terrace is excited to house The “Giving Machine”, this holiday season! The popular “vending machine” that works in reverse by giving users an opportunity to donate items to charities. Your first opportunity to see the “Giving Machines” will be at a soft opening on Black Friday, November 24 at 11 a.m.
Giving Machines will stay open through January 7th, 2024. Indianapolis is one of just 61 locations world-wide where the Light World “Giving Machines” have been placed. “This is a great opportunity for local and global charities to benefit in a most unique way,” says Light The World Indianapolis co-chair, Paul Sinclair. “Hoosiers will be able to simply walk up to the machine, slide their cards and make a purchase that will benefit a local or a global charity.” The vending machines allow users to purchase and donate items such as clothing, baby supplies, medicine, even chickens and goats for people in need, here in Indiana and around the world. 100% of all donations go directly to the participating charities.
The Giving Machines will be located outside of Jos. A. Bank, near the stop light on Clay Terrace Boulevard.
Nonprofit beneficiaries selected this year include:
- Gleaners Food Bank
- Boys & Girls Club of Indianapolis
- Flanner House
- American Red Cross
- Lifting Hands
- Mentors International
The Giving Machines, sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, provide an instant act of kindness and service for people looking to help those in their Indiana communities and around the globe. Since the Giving Machine opened 7 years ago, 1.5 million people have donated US$21 million in goods and services to care for those in need—around the block or around the world. Visitors donate by purchasing items ranging in price from $3 to $300. Items can also include staples such as hygiene items, meals, life-saving medicine, even livestock. Yes, you can swipe your card and for $55 you can purchase a baby goat that will be delivered to someone in need in a foreign country. Donations can also be made at lighttheworld.org/give for those not able to use the machines in person.