Updated November 28, 2023 - 7:09 pm
The Las Vegas Valley is overflowing with holiday traditions. One of the most charitable ones has officially returned.
Downtown Summerlin hosted a ceremony Tuesday to inaugurate this year’s Giving Machine, a vending machine that works in reverse by letting users donate items to a variety of local and global charities.
Las Vegas Aces center Kiah Stokes, a two-time WNBA champion, helped get the giving started by making a ceremonial donation on behalf of herself and her teammates.
“I think it’s great, an opportunity for the more fortunate to give to the less fortunate,” Stokes said. “It’s the holiday season. It’s about giving. And I think that I have an opportunity to give. My teammates, the organization, we do a lot. And just to be a part of this and to have some type of input, I just think it’s incredible.”
This year’s local beneficiaries include the Just One Project, Communities in Schools of Nevada, Baby’s Bounty, Opportunity Village and Jewish Family Service Agency.
“This is our third year of being part of the Giving Machine,” said Tami Hance-Lehr, CEO of Communities in Schools. “And we have almost doubled our footprint because of donations like this.”
The machine will be available in Downtown Summerlin now through Jan. 4.
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