Popular Giving Machine comes to CLT

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This week, you can enjoy a holiday experience like no other—visiting the Mobile Giving Machine at The Promenade, December 13-17, 2022. Light the World Giving Machines are “vending machines” that work in reverse, giving users the opportunity to purchase much-needed items for local and global charities. 

Visitors can make donations at the machines by purchasing items priced anywhere from $5 to $150. Items range from staples like groceries, clothing, and blankets to the ever-popular chickens, goats, and beehives, which provide life-sustaining nutrition and income in the developing world.

Light The World Giving Machine

The local Charlotte beneficiaries are Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency (CRRA), headquartered on Monroe Road, and Loaves & Fishes | Friendship Trays.

Inside the Giving Machine, you will find the following options to benefit our local nonprofits’ missions:

  • Pillow and blanket set
  • Cooking kit
  • 10 jars of peanut butter
  • 1 week of groceries for a family
  • Bedding kit, including bed and mattress


“CRRA is honored to be selected for the Giving Machine Project,” exclaimed Marsha Hirsch, Executive Director for Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency.

“Individuals, social group and religious organizations have all made significant contributions of household and personal items to supply to the homes of newly arriving refugee families,” Hirsch continued. “The years of support to thousands of refugees has helped so many launch their new lives in Charlotte. This is a very welcoming city.”

Santa and Giving Machine

Season of Service

Since 2017, Giving Machines have been placed in select cities throughout the world, raising more than $15.1 million for charitable organizations.

The organization behind Light The World Giving Machines says the effort is a unique and memorable way “to transform Christmas into a season of service.”

This year’s Mobile Giving Machine is visiting a series of Southern cities (Thanksgiving through Christmas): St. Augustine, Florida; Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, NC; and Charleston, South Carolina.

How to participate

Charlotte’s Giving Machine will be open daily, Dec 13-17 from 9:00am to 10:00pm at The Promenade on Providence – 10844 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28277 – near the fountain. 

Debit/Credit Card, Apple Pay, and Android Pay (no cash) are accepted and 100% of your donation goes directly to the participating charities.

How do Giving Machines Work?

Charlotte Giving Celebration

It’s all kicking off with a special Ribbon Cutting event on Monday, December 12 at 5:30pm

Featured Guests:

  • Mike Collins (Charlotte Talks)
  • Cantor Mary Thomas (Temple Beth El)
  • Tariq Bhokari (City Council District 6) 
  • Tina Postel (Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays, Executive Director)
  • Marsha Hirsch (Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency, Executive Director)
  • Morgan Romano (Miss NC USA)

Musical Performances: 

  • Butler High School Jazz Band
  • Queen City Singers
  • Temple Beth El youth choir


This week’s schedule

Bring your family; bring your neighbor; bring your holiday spirit. Each night has a lineup of special guests and live, local entertainment.

Visit anytime Dec. 13-17, 2022 – from 9:00am to 10:00pm.

If you can’t make it to the Giving Machine in person, you can still support the local nonprofits with a direct donation online: Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency (CRRA) and Loaves & Fishes | Friendship Trays.

Map of Promenade

  Monroe Road Advocates (MoRA) is grassroots group of volunteers from Monroe Road neighborhoods, businesses, nonprofits, and schools. We’re connecting community in the corridor from Lupie’s/7th Street to NC-51.