Catholic Charities joins global #LighttheWorld initiative with Giving Machines

From left, Sam Yamamoto, Giving Machine volunteer coordinator; Courtney Osterfelt, executive director of the Launch Pad Teen Center; and Julie Pflueger, director of marketing for Prescott Area Shelter Services prepare to unveil the Giving Machines in downtown Prescott on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023. (Jesse Bertel/Courier)

From left, Sam Yamamoto, Giving Machine volunteer coordinator; Courtney Osterfelt, executive director of the Launch Pad Teen Center; and Julie Pflueger, director of marketing for Prescott Area Shelter Services prepare to unveil the Giving Machines in downtown Prescott on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023. (Jesse Bertel/Courier)

Two Giving Machines were unveiled in downtown Prescott on Saturday, Dec. 2. The Giving Machines will be available for contributions through Dec. 14., at the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, 119 W. Goodwin St.

Catholic Charities is participating in the global #LighttheWorld initiative, aligning its mission with the spirit of the Good Samaritan to serve the community. The faith-based agency offers support, resources and encouragement to the vulnerable, aiding their journey from crisis to stability to thriving.

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The Giving Machine is displayed during the Prescott Christmas Parade Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023. (Jesse Bertel/Courier)

As part of the initiative, the Giving Machines offer a family-friendly, interactive way to contribute to the community's most vulnerable. These large, red "vending machines" operate in reverse, providing a memorable means to give during the Christmas season. With a simple swipe of a credit card amid holiday festivities, individuals can make an instant act of service by purchasing items for children and families in need.

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One of the two Giving Machines unveiled in Prescott Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023. (Jesse Bertel/Courier)


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