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Giving Machine Initiative Coming To McKinney

From Dec. 19 through Jan. 1, McKinney residents can use the red vending machines to make donations to people in need

McKinney residents looking to participate in the season of giving will get their chance to do just that when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’s Giving Machine initiative comes to town.

Taking place at McKinney Town Square from Dec. 19 through Jan. 1, the Giving Machines provide residents with a fun and easy way to help the city’s vulnerable population.

The giant, red vending machines work in a way that opposes the snack food devices that they are based on. Rather than making a purchase to receive a good, people that use the Giving Machines instead buy crucial items and services for other individuals that are in need.

To participate, all residents have to do is simply swipe their credit cards on one of the customized vending machines, then they can select from a number of items to donate, including food, clean water, medical care, clothing, education support, hygiene kits and more.

All of the donations purchased from the Giving Machines will be given to eight local charities — including McKinney homeless shelter, The Samaritan Inn — along with two global foundations.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says that it invites people during this upcoming Christmas season to “light the world by lifting and serving others in small and simple ways,” according to a release.

For more information about the Giving Machine initiative, visit The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website.