Charity vending machines serve goats for poor
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