This Japanese Vending Machine Lets You Order Coffee and Make a Donation

After picking up a coffee from this vending machine in Japan, it's also possible to do something kind and make a donation. Just like ordering a can of coffee from the machine, it's possible to donate between 10 and 100 yen to the Central Community Chest of Japan, an organization that's part of the United Way network.

Although the exchange of cash is involved, most vending machines transactions are typically thought of as something where you get more than you give, but this is a clever way to help people get rid of loose change for the purposes of social good.

Many of the unusual vending machines that are popping up in Asia are focused on selling goods like fish sauce, live crabs or wine, so in this example, it's heartening to see charity and consumerism coming together.