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Spreading Generosity: Discover the Impact of Giving Machines at University Place in Orem

By Katerina Gasset

There's something magical happening at University Place in Orem, and I just had to share it with you all. It's about the Giving Machines – a brilliant initiative that's turning the act of giving into something tangible and heartfelt. As someone who's always believed in the power of community and giving back, I found this story particularly heartwarming and inspiring.

The Joy of Giving: A Unique Experience at University Place

  • Location: University Place, Orem.
  • What's Happening: The introduction of Giving Machines sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints– a novel way to donate to local charities.
  • The Concept: These are not your average vending machines. Instead of snacks or drinks, they dispense opportunities to give to those in need.

The first time I saw these Giving Machines, I was struck by their simplicity and the powerful message they convey. It's like they turn the act of giving into something you can see and touch, making it all the more real.

How the Giving Machines Work

  • Easy to Use: Just like any vending machine, you walk up, make a selection, and instead of getting something, you give something.
  • Diverse Donations: You can donate anything from essential items for the homeless to educational supplies for children in need.
  • Immediate Impact: Every donation goes straight to the cause, making a real difference in someone’s life.

When I made my first donation – a meal for a local family – the feeling was indescribable. It was so direct and tangible; I knew exactly where my contribution was going.

The Impact on Local Charities

Image showing a gift inside a box wrapped in red ribbon and gift wrapper. Photo by Katerina Gasset of the Gasset Group Real Estate Team in Utah
  • Boost in Donations: The Giving Machines have significantly increased donations to local charities.
  • Awareness: They also raise awareness about the needs in our community and the various organizations that are working to meet them.
  • Community Engagement: These machines encourage more people to get involved and give back, fostering a stronger sense of community.

The sense 0f community in Provo-Orem is one of the reasons why it is dubbed as one of the best places to live in the U.S. Provo-orem is in fact ranked #2 nationally for first time homebuyers!

For the charities involved, the impact of these machines is a game-changer. They're not just receiving funds; they're gaining visibility and support from the wider community.

A Personal Touch to Giving

  • Connection: There's something deeply personal about using the Giving Machines. It feels like you’re directly handing over a gift to someone in need.
  • For All Ages: It’s a great way to involve kids in giving back, showing them the importance of generosity in a very tangible way.
  • Holiday Spirit: Located at University Place, these machines add a meaningful dimension to the holiday shopping experience, reminding us of the true spirit of the season.

Using the Giving Machines has become a new holiday tradition for me. It’s a small act, but it embodies the true essence of giving and sharing joy.

Looking Forward: The Future of Giving Machines

Photo of a man handing over a gift wrapped in a box with red and green colors. Photo by Katerina Gasset owner of the Move to Provo website
  • Expansion: The hope is to see more of these machines in other locations, broadening their impact.
  • Year-Round Giving: While they're especially popular during the holiday season, the concept of giving is timeless and always relevant.
  • Inspiring Others: This initiative can inspire other communities to adopt similar ways of encouraging charitable acts.

My Takeaway

The Giving Machines at University Place are more than just an innovative way to donate; they're a symbol of hope and kindness. In a world where we often get caught up in our busy lives, they’re a gentle reminder of the power of giving and the difference we can make in the lives of others.

So, if you’re in Orem, or planning to visit University Place, take a moment to experience the Giving Machines. It’s a small gesture, but one that carries with it the warmth and compassion that define our community.

Stay tuned for more stories from Provo and beyond, as we explore the many ways our community comes together to make a difference.

Whether it's through innovative ideas like the Giving Machines or simple acts of kindness, there’s always something heartwarming happening around us. Here’s to the spirit of giving and the joy it brings to both the giver and the receiver! 🎁💖🤝

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About the author of Move to Provo Utah Website 

Katerina Gasset

When I moved here I was blessed to have my daughter to help with different things you need to know when you move to a new place. I had background from living here before but things have changed a lot too since the '80s. 

We were able to get all the good places to eat down fast - since she knows all that and we have a lot of the same likes in food. But things like how to turn on my electricity or what power company services my home... well... I was at a total loss! 

I know that other people moving to Provo don't always have family here to guide and help them. And most people don't have a real estate agent who gives them a welcome package on all the important numbers and places they need to know. 

My goal is for this website to be your go to resource for everything you need to know before, during, and after you move here to Provo, Utah. I want you to have the best experience and love living here as much as I do

Author Katerina Gasset - photo of me the author