Crown Center’s new vending machine offers the gift of giving

Just in time for Giving Tuesday, Kansas Citians will be able to donate to local charities by stopping at Crown Center’s new Giving Machine.

As simple as buying a soda or candy bar from a vending machine, users will be able to swipe their credit card and choose donation gifts to fund ranging from $5 to $300 to a charity of their choice. Gifts range from a new pair of shoes to a dental visit to an acre of sweet potatoes, depending on the charity.

Local charities on the gift list include:

  • Hope Faith – Homeless Assistance Campus: This organization works to alleviate homelessness and poverty in Kansas City, Missouri, by providing necessities and assistance, critical services, and programs to empower individuals experiencing homelessness.
  • Hope House – Hope House’s mission is to break the cycle of domestic violence by providing safe refuge and supportive services that educate and empower those impacted by domestic violence. 
  • Operation Breakthrough – This organization provides a safe, loving, and educational environment for children in poverty and empowers their families through advocacy, emergency aid, and education.
  • The Don Bosco Centers – Don Bosco positions the city’s ethnically diverse population of all ages across metropolitan Kansas City to be self-sufficient and contributing members of the community.

Giving Machine users can also choose from a list of global charities which includes The United Nations Children’s Fund, CARE, CWS Global, WaterAid, and USA for UNHCR.

Kansas City is one of ten cities across the nation to host a Giving Machine. The machines are made available through Light The World, an organization sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

The Crown Center Giving Machine is open until January 2 and can be found under the Ice Terrace.

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