Confession: I’ve been having a hard time being excited about Christmas this year. I am so busy with work that I haven’t had time to even do my own Christmas card! I have only halfway decorated the house, & we’ve been too busy to even get a tree.
But then, a few days ago, I got a phone call. I was asked to do a media shoot for LDS Charities! The following photos are not what I usually take (weddings/couples/babies), but I jumped at the chance to donate my time as a photographer to a good cause.
Elaine Wynn and several heads of local Las Vegas Charities gathered to help promote a Giving Machine located in Downtown Summerlin. She was interviewed by Channel 8 News.
What is a Giving Machine?
Here is the description from ComeUntoChrist.org :
“Imagine swiping your credit card at a vending machine—but instead of buying a candy bar for yourself, you’re buying a sheep for a family in a third-world country. Or a polio vaccine. Or a pair of shoes. Or 100 meals for your local food bank. With the #LightTheWorld Giving Machines, that’s exactly what happens. The Giving Machines provide a way for people to quickly and easily help those in need and make the Christmas season a little more meaningful for themselves—and countless others.”
I went down the night before to check out the light and location with my mom. We had a great time visiting with the volunteers and an even better time picking out what we wanted to donate! The next night I came back with my oldest daughter and all my camera gear. We got to visit with new volunteers and chose more donations! Then, I got down to business… It was wonderful to be able to document these generous, charitable individuals and local representatives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints working together to help others in need in our community and in the world!
Serving others makes you happy. Giving to others makes you happy. I think I just found my Christmas Spirit…
Link to Elaine Wynn’s interview with Channel 8 News:
Link to more info on Giving Machines:
December 13, 2019