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Hurts Donut owners bringing charitable vending machines to mall

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The couple behind Hurts Donut Co. are planning to install charitable vending machines at Battlefield Mall as part of their new foundation.

Tim Clegg, who last year founded The Clegg Family Foundation Inc. with his wife, Kas, said the organization is awaiting IRS approval for its 501(c)(3) status. The nonprofit's first project is the vending machines at the mall.

At the vending machines, donors can contribute based on a variety of giving levels and needs from the nonprofit partners. Clegg said a "thank you" video would play when a donation is received, and customers would be emailed a receipt with additional information about the charities.

"The plan is that they will be unveiled on Black Friday and will operate until New Year's Day," he said via email. "They will be used as a donation point for three local charities that are near and dear to us: Convoy of Hope, Isabel's House and Man Up and Go."

Clegg said the foundation secured two vending machines for the 2021 placement, with the goal of adding more each year.

"We also hope to expand giving opportunities to benefit additional local charities in communities outside of Springfield," he said.

Clegg said the idea for the vending machines came from a video posted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The video, a promotion for the church's Light the World giving campaign, simulates vending machine purchases that provide items such as shoes and books for people throughout the world.

"The vending machines will operate as a conduit between donors and charities," Clegg said, noting 100% of donations would go to the donors' preferred charities.

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