Giving the gift of a charitable donation

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More and more, couples now vow to start their lives together by making a difference in the lives of others.

Saying “I do” to a wedding that benefits a charity is easier than you might imagine — and especially timely, as many charities need extra help during a time of economic downturn.

By the time many couples get married, they often don’t need an extra toaster but would really appreciate a donation to the charity of their choice. Giving is a great way to start your life together and coming up with a list can provoke some meaningful conversations about values.

Here are five heartwarming ideas you may want to consider:

1. Feed the hungry. If you have unopened food and beverages left over from your wedding, donate them to a nearby food bank or soup kitchen.

2. Share your flowers. After the wedding, drop off your flowers at a hospital or nursing home so others can enjoy them.

3. Buy wedding essentials from companies that donate to charities you support.

4. Donate your bridesmaid dresses to an organization that supplies prom dresses to girls who can’t afford them.

5. Register your wedding. Ask your guests to donate to a charity they identify with you. You can even suggest a Web site through which they can donate — a sort of customizable wedding charity registry.

One site that offers a wedding registry service features charity gift cards guests can order. The site lets brides host a personalized Web page — there are a number of themes from which to choose — which can be used to send information, e-mail invitations and updates. The charity gift cards also make great wedding favors.

For more information, visit www.ccgiftcards.org.

 

 

 

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