This is the third year that Gilbert has hosted “Light the World Giving Machines” at the Water Tower Plaza. (Tom Blodgett / Community Impact Journal)
Vending machines, where people can âbuyâ donations to support more than 40 charities, will remain in place under the Gilbert Water Tower until the evening of January 3.
Steve Lowder, who, along with his wife Fran, is in charge of the machines for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said the machines are set to receive around $ 1 million this year. That total is about $ 100,000 lower than in 2019, but Lowder said it was a good total after the year’s hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The machines first arrived in Gilbert in 2018 and raised around $ 800,000 that year, Lowder said.
âIt’s not just about the money raised or the charities we love,â he said. âIt’s about giving people the opportunity to give â and to give as Christ gave.
The machines are now in 10 cities, including Gilbert. The others are Aiea, Hawaii; Salt Lake City; Las Vegas; New York; Denver; Orem, Utah; Kansas City, Missouri; Nashville; and Oakland, California.