One can hardly go an hour without thinking of or being reminded of the tragedy and the horrific situation being experienced by most of Haiti's people. Few of us in this country are in a position to solely make a major impact on the situation there, but our individual efforts can definitely make a huge difference. Many opportunities have risen over the last week to make a small financial contribution to the aid efforts, and if you are able to do so, please think about a small (or large) donation.
Many of you have other causes that are near and dear to your hearts as well: animal rescue, disease research, helping at-risk children, the list goes on... The generosity of the human spirit never ceases to inspire and amaze me!
I thought an appropriate wedding related post for today could focus around how your wedding could give back to your community. One option that a wedding couple has is making a donation to a selected cause rather than purchasing favors for their guests. Think about it; the average wedding favor can cost anywhere from $1 to $5 per guest on up. If you have two hundred guests, that's $200-$1000 that could go towards a charitable cause of your choice!
Don't get me wrong; this post is not favor-bashing! I know that there are lots of brides and grooms that are excited to present their guests with specific favors which serve as tokens of thanks for being there on the special day. That too can serve as positive energy in a sometimes-draining world!
But if you are a couple (like us) that hasn't thought of anything in particular to give to your guests, then take a moment to consider a donation in the name of your guests. You could have a sign that indicates your intention to your guests, and they will love that they were part of something amazing!
FYI: One easy way that you can make a $10 donation to the Red Cross relief efforts to Haiti is by texting "HAITI" to 90999. The $10 will show up on your cell phone bill, and your cell phone provider will forward the money to the Red Cross. Every little bit counts...