The numbers are coming in!
101,000+ donations had been made through Dec. 15 at Giving Machines — the humanitarian aid vending machines that are part of the annual Light the World initiative sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
According to a news release, among the items purchased are:
7.3 million water purification tablets
More than one million meals
197,300 polio vaccines
More than 18,600 chickens
About 1,700 beehives
More than 80 water pumps
The church doubled the number of cities with Giving Machines this year to 28. Eight other cities have received visits from mobile Giving Machines.
In all, the Giving Machines have raised more than $15 million.
This year’s “Light the World” Giving Machines will continue to operate through Jan. 2.