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Light the World Giving Machines Allow Shoppers to Help Those in Need

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A holiday meal for a family. A box of freshbrproduce. Take-home meals for a child. Those are only some of the donationbroptions that Utah Valley shoppers will have this year through the Light thebrWorld Giving Machines.

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As part of the annual #LightTheWorld campaign,brshoppers at University Place in Orem can donate to Community Action Servicesbrand Food Bank and three other Utah Valley charitable organizations through thebrspecial vending machines.

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With a simple card swipe, individuals can performbran instant act of service by purchasing items ranging in price from $5 to $320.brThe machines opened on Nov. 26.

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“We are unbelievably grateful for the opportunitybrto be included in the Giving Machines,” said Karen McCandless, executivebrdirector of Community Action Services and Food Bank. “Our agency dependsbrheavily on donations made during the holiday season, and this will help propelbrus toward our goal of eliminating poverty in our area.”

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For Community Action Services and Food Bank, thebrGiving Machine donation options include: Take-Home Meals for a Child for $5;brBox of Fresh Produce for $10; Holiday Meal for a Family for $25; 100 Meals forbr$50; 250 Meals for $125.

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The #LightTheWorld Giving Machines started inbr2017. In two years, the machines have raised more than $2.8 million inbrdonations from five global locations. This year’s campaign will include 10brlocations around the world.

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Utah County charities participating in the Orembr#LightTheWorld Giving Machines, in addition to Community Action Services andbrFood Bank, include: Family Support and Treatment Center; United Way of UtahbrCounty; Center for Women and Children in Crisis.

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For more information about Community ActionbrServices and Food Bank and its mission, go to communityactionuc.org.

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Community Action Services and Food Bank fostersbrself-sufficiency in families and individuals. The focus is on stabilizingbrfamilies with housing and food assistance, then providing help with programs,breducation and referral support to assist those who are struggling with poverty.brSince 1967 the agency has been meeting basic human needs (like food, shelterbrand housing) while providing individuals and families long-term solutions tobrrebuild their financial and social self-sufficiency. This can enable people tobrmove out of poverty.

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Community Action Services and Food Bank helps changebrpeople’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities and makesbrAmerica a better place to live. For more information, go to actionuc.org.(ServebrDaily submission by Jennifer Durrant.)

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