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We all realize that this year is a little more difficult than some years in the past. Between the pandemic and everything that goes along with it, Christmas may not quite be what it was for many families.

The people in Denver also realize this problem so now they are putting up something that is known as “Giving Machines.”

The machines are being put up in downtown Denver, but only for a limited time.

Photo: Facebook/Giving Machines Denver

When somebody purchases something from the vending machine, they aren’t doing it for themselves, they are providing a donation to a charity. The vending machines are even set up to allow different items for selection.

According to The Denver Channel, a volunteer that works with the machines, Fred Lewis, said: “There’s things all the way from just a few dollars to, to a goat for $75 and chickens for $25. It’s so easy to be able to help someone else.”

Photo: Facebook/Giving Machines Denver

Writer Square is the area where the machines were first installed. Volunteers are at the machines from nine in the morning till nine at night to assist anyone that wants to make a donation. A credit card or mobile pay can be used, although cash is not accepted.

The Giving Machines will be open 24 hours a day through New Year’s Day, 2022. You can make a donation of anywhere from $5 up to $300.

The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints is sponsoring the machines but their goal is to help with a variety of organizations that may be impacted during the holidays.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

According to The Denver Channel, a public relations manager for the homeless outreach organization that is assisting said the money goes directly to the Denver Rescue Mission for any item that is purchased. Anyone making a donation can have peace of mind, knowing that what they give helps those in need.

In 2020, the machines raised over $650,000. They have set their goal at $1 million in 2021.

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