On Wednesday’s “Drew’s News” segment of the Drew Barrymore Show, the Emmy-nominated actress praised The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Giving Machines project, which has placed several of the bright red vending machines in the shadow of the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.
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Barrymore discussed the machines with guest Ross Mathews, describing them as “a vending machine that lets you buy something to help other citizens either locally or across the globe.”
“This is so interesting,” the actress said. “Inside the vending machine you can buy everything from gloves and socks to chickens and goats for people. … Polio vaccines for kids, Passover meals—it’s beautifully curated, elegantly designed, and is just something, you know, for everyone all around the planet.”
The NYC Light the World Giving Machines were unveiled Tuesday, November 30, with Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell tearing wrapping paper off the machines. Giving Machines are located in ten cities across the US, including ones in Las Vegas that were unveiled by Imagine Dragons front man Dan Reynolds.
“I’ve always wanted philanthropy to be easier and more accessible for people,” Barrymore said on her show. She was so impressed with the machines that she says she’s already making plans to visit them with her two daughters, Olive and Frankie. “I’m gonna go to Rockefeller Center and go with the girls,” she said.
Watch the segment from the Drew Barrymore Show below: