This Inspiring Utah Teacher Is Donating All Of Her Wedding Gifts for a Special Reason
For most people, their wedding is a chance to have a great celebration with friends and family. Oh, and it’s a fantastic time to be gifted with some of the items every new couple needs in order to start their lives together.
Rickee Stewart certainly plans on celebrating her special day with those closest to her, but the gifts won’t be a part of the festivities. She found a much better use for her registry.
Putting Students First
Stewart will donate her entire wedding registry to help students in need who can’t afford to buy clothes, shoes, school supplies, and other necessary items. Rather than a fancy China set or new bedsheets that many couples put on their registries, she’s registered exclusively for things her students at Copper Hills High School in West Jordan, Utah can use.
She says she got the idea from a food bank that the school set up.
When her own students began asking how they could gain access to the food bank to feed their own families, she got to thinking. In the face of this realization, she started asking for donations instead of gifts for her wedding, considering different ways that she herself could do more to help.
As a business and finance teacher, she plans to start working the importance of charitable donations in a budget into her own lesson plans.
Rising to the Occasion
Stewart isn’t the first this year to come up with a charitable idea to help those in need.
Over in Texas, University of Houston basketball coach Kelvin Sampson did something similar when Hurricane Harvey struck the southeastern part of the state. He asked for his fellow college basketball coaches to send whatever team supplies they could to Houston. The Cougars would then donate everything to families who lost the most in the storm.
That post went viral and donations started to pour in from across the nation. Stewart’s appeal might not have the reach that Sampson’s did, but it too has touched a nation, as donations have come from people who are not on Stewart’s guest list at all.
“This is exactly what we wanted,” she said. “My hope is that we get to not only have this amazing wedding and start our lives together but that we are able to put some warmth on all of those kids.”
A Nationwide Gesture
In fact, some donations have even come from people who aren’t from Utah and whom Stewart has never met. “It’s not me,” she said. “It’s pure kindness of strangers.”
Hopefully, this will inspire more people to help out those in need whenever they can!
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