Char­ity vend­ing ma­chines serve goats for poor

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - World -

Buy a goat to do­nate to a poor fam­ily ... from a vend­ing ma­chine?

It’s now pos­si­ble in New York, Lon­don and Manila, thanks to an ac­tion spear­headed by the Mor­mon Church and char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Unicef.

The idea is sim­ple: in­stead of snacks, the vend­ing ma­chines sell brightly coloured boxes with prices rang­ing from 2$ (R27) to 200$ (R2,700), il­lus­trat­ing the needs of poor fam­i­lies at home and abroad.

Those look­ing to do­nate can choose ev­ery­thing from fish­ing bait (2$) to a cow that goes to­wards feed­ing a fam­ily ($150 (R2,060).

Other items in­clude a po­lio vac­cine, a sewing ma­chine or, for lo­cal use, a New York sub­way map.

Donors choose a box, pay with a credit card it falls to the bot­tom of the ma­chine – the boxes are empty and just used to vi­su­alise the gift.

“The con­cept is ex­cel­lent,” said Julie Bran­nan, a real es­tate agent from Man­hat­tan.

“I chose the em­pow­er­ment pack for girls be­cause there are places where girls have to miss school dur­ing their pe­ri­ods.”

Steven Sookhoo, of Delaware, said: “I thought it was a re­ally cool con­cept. I thought about the chick­ens but I liked the goat – my kids will be ex­cited about that.”

That’s the power of these ma­chines, said Ryan John Koch from the Mor­mon Church.

The pi­lot vend­ing ma­chine in­stalled in 2017 in down­town Salt Lake City, Utah, the home of the Mor­mons, had raised $550,000 (R7.5m) dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son, Koch said

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