(KUTV) — LDS Church leaders distributed more than $2.3 million in checks to global humanitarian organizations on Tuesday.
The money was raised at vending machines placed by the church at locations around the United States, the United Kingdom and the Philippines, allowing people to pay for items for those in need, such as food and clean water or livestock.
Primary General President Joy D. Jones of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was in New York City to deliver the checks that were part of the organizations' Light The World Initiative.
"Being able to help someone else makes people happy," she said in a press release. "I am grateful to be able to say as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that we honor the Savior Jesus Christ through service."
Jones leads the church's children worldwide, in what the church terms its "primary," an organization for those 11 and under.
According to the release, 100 percent of the donations are being used to purchase approximately 843,000 meals, more than 16,000 medical and health supplies, nearly 11,000 clothing items and household supplies, nearly 20,000 chickens and nearly 4,800 goats.
Donors who purchased the chickens, goats and other livestock supported the programs of CARE.
“The work on water could be anything from a well to improving a spring depending on the country, depending on the type of water technology that we use,” Sarina Prabasi, CEO of WaterAid America said.
Those who used the machines to purchase a chicken or a goat supported the CARE program.
UNICEF USA said the donation to its organization will be used to vaccinate 320,000 children and to buy jump ropes and more than 3,500 soccer balls.
Giving machines were placed at the Manhattan New York Temple in New York City; the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City; Water Tower Plaza in Gilbert, Arizona; Hyde Park Chapel and Visitors’ Center in London, United Kingdom; and SM Megamall in Manila, Philippines.
Donations were also distributed to local organizations where donations were collected.