Charity and advocacy over wedding gifts

I wish I could say that this blog was my own idea but it's not. It was inspired by my brother Andrew's pending wedding where he and his wife have decided to ask guests to donate to a back to school drive for kids in Jamaica in lieu of buying them gifts or writing cards and I thought WHAT AN AMAZING IDEA.


At every wedding, I've been to there has been a receptacle for cards wishing the couple love ad longevity and a table for receiving gifts which are typically household items. But what if your guests were encouraged to take the blender out of their Amazon cart and instead bring a bookbag of supplies or donate money to a charity you and your partner have selected.


Of course any charity is fair game and if there is something near and dear to your heart and your family that's the best cause to support. In this post, though I want to highlight several causes that you can encourage and ask your guests to support instead of buying you a toaster oven.



Grass Roots Law Project

Donating to this organization helps to support justice efforts for the families of victims like George Floyd, Breonna , Ahmaud, Philando, Trayvon, Tamir, Sandra... I could go on but you get the point. It also contributes to changing and creating laws and reform.


MoveOn

I'm sure you are familiar because you haven't been living under a rock right? ... Right. MoveOn.org is powered by people like you and me who want a better America with values and laws and protections for everyone equally. MoveOn supports things from the fight against police brutality and racism to access to healthcare.



Black Lives Matter Movement

Created in 2013 as a response for the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin. This movement is global and aims to eradicate white supremacy and build up the African American community by helping the rest of the world see the worth and value of black lives.






National Bail Fund Network

Community Bond Funds can be found for a number of different communities includes Louisville, Dallas, Nashville, Atlanta, and plenty more. These funds are used to bail out protestors who have been arrested within different states. The National Bail Fund Network is where you would go to find specific community funds.


Of course, this list is not all-inclusive and there are so many other ways to donate and causes to support. So if you have a suggestion please let me know in a message or comment I will include it in the next post.


As an incentive, all donations are tax-deductible so there is that perk for your guests.

 

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