Post # 1
Hi! Geez, what would I do if I didn’t have this site to post all of my questions?! 🙂
So, I love my bridesmaids dearly. I have 5 – four of them are cousins and one is a best friend. Needless to say, they are all very important to me. I have gone a little over and beyond with their gifts so far BUT I have enjoyed that part of wedding planning more than anything else! Here is what I’ve gotten them so far:
Personalized Tote Bags
Floral Silk Robes
Monogrammed Water Bottle Koozies
Bridesmaid 911 Kits
Manis/Pedis the day before the wedding
I’m having breakfast and lunch catered for the day of the wedding and am making a playlist to get ready to of all their favorite bands.
BUT… I want to give each bridesmaid a personal gift. I would like to give them something where the proceeds have gone toward a charity (something that has always been very important to me). Does anyone have any ideas as to where I can find charitable gifts?
Post # 3
If there is a Ten Thousand Villages or SERRV store in your area, their proceeds go to charitable causes. They are also online.
You could also look into something like Heifer International, where you “buy” an animal (other options include things like beehives and tree seedlings) that goes to a family in the developing world, and when the gift matures and reproduces, the family passes it on to another family in the community, and they pass along the next generation in turn, etc., so the initial gift can end up having a significant impact over time.
Post # 4
St. Jude Children’s hospital has great gifts and giving acknowlegements on their website.
And my daughter, who is now a nurse working in pediatric oncology herself was a patient there in 2006, she would not be alive without God and St. Jude.
Post # 5
@KCKnd2: I love the idea of a gift impacting more people over time. That would mean a lot. I’ll have to look into that organization.
@Zavrazen: St. Jude’s is a great idea as well. I love the idea of the donation going toward an American organization. Many people focus on helping third-world countries when people in our own country need help as well.
Post # 6
St. Jude patients are from all over the world, as well as the U.S. No family or child ever pays for any treatment at St. Jude, and healthcare insurance is never required. They are there solely to research, treat and cure childhood cancers, AIDS/HIV and sickle cell.
I wish you many blessings, you must be a wonderful cousin and friend. Thinking of others first makes our present and future so much more fulfilling.
Post # 7
@Zavrazen: Thank you! I wish the same for you! I try to live by my favorite quote: Be the change you wish to see in the world. I keep this in mind everyday. And you’re right… It is much more fulfilling doing for others than doing for ourselves!
Post # 8
My sister did this for her wedding favour, and just made up small cards with a note that said “A donation has been made in your name to the McMaster Children’s Hospital”. You can personalize this of course to whatever funds you can afford and towards whatever agency/hospital/organization stands out to you in your area. Most local charitble organizations will accept any donations
Also World Wildlife Fund has the symbolic “adopt an animal” program, where they send you a card with the animal and information http://gifts.worldwildlife.org/gift-center/default.aspx?sc=AWY1302WC900