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Giving Machines started in 2017 with the simple question, “How can we give people a chance to perform an instant act of service?” The answer was a common and easily understood experience – a vending machine. Users can actually choose items to give  to people served by four local and two global charities.

To date these unique vending machines for charity have raised more than $9 million to buy coats, meals, bedding, toilets, eye exams, farm animals and countless other items for people in need. Each charity selected items for the Machines that are most needed by those they serve.

Giving Machines first came to Denver in 2019, where they raised $667,000. The effort was a collaboration between the Machines’ sponsor, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, owners of Writer Square; Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, the Downtown Denver Partnership and other charity and interfaith partners.

After a hiatus during the pandemic of 2020, Giving Machines will return to Writer Square November 22, 2021 through January 2, 2022. They are available around the clock, with volunteers there to help guests from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.