Monday, January 25, 2010

a very odd and wonderful wedding reception

Quite often, this blog carries stories of people who do some amazingly stupid things. This post, however, is about a couple that has done something that is simply good.

Leah Bogen and Will Nicholson are planning to get married in June. Recently, they were having breakfast together and chatting about their wedding plans. At the time, Leah was reading a newspaper that had stories about the recent tragedy in Haiti.

As she read stories about the suffering and pain of the people in Haiti-- death, grief, sickness, amputations, unsafe and insufficient medicine-- she was struck by the contrast of it all. Here they were, planning a big party while the people of Haiti were experiencing unspeakable trouble.

It was then that Leah came up with an idea: serve PB & J sandwiches at their wedding reception and send the money they would have spent on the reception to the people of Haiti.

Her fiance, Bill immediately loved the idea. "She totally blew me away... How do you say anything but yes to that? It's such a selfless and thoughtful thing. It's hard to get excited about planning a wedding when other people are having such a terrible time... We've got friends and family who are happy and healthy and nearby and well-fed. My family doesn't need another fancy meal," said Bill.

Putting their idea into action, they have already sent a check for $2,500 to Partners in Health for Haitian relief.

A good choice that reflects selfless hearts and good thinking.

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