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CharityWater.org for Wedding Registry

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blog post about non profit organization bringing clean water to people in developing nations, which allows couples to have wedding guests fund a water project


From Charity Water's Blog:

campaign: Alex and Kristin’s wedding (#2!)
end date: June 7
campaign leaders: Alex and Kristin
campaign mission statement:
Our first campaign was such a great success (more than $6,000!) — we were able to raise enough money to fund an entire well, plus part of another. However, the campaign came to an end just shy of our actual wedding date. For those of you who still wish to donate to this exciting water well project, here’s your chance. Again, thank you so much for all of your love, not only towards us, but to people less fortunate in this world.

couple with frame
New dishes? A microwave? A crockpot? Not for Alex and Kristin’s wedding.
Instead of registering for the typical wedding gifts, the couple asked their friends and family to help them fund a water project. They ended up raising more than a enough for a well even weeks before the date.
Now, they’re on their second campaign and their second well.
We talked to the newlyweds to see why they turned a day meant for them into a whole campaign to help hundreds.
You basically said, “No wedding gifts for us!” Was that a hard decision?
We’d been talking about it awhile — we’re both over 30, we didn’t need a new toaster oven… we didn’t want or need a thing. It was really easy to ask people to give to the well. We’re big travelers so people expected something like that. And it was exciting, we would check on the site every few days. We loved to see everyone coming together.
couple in line

Did you have any trouble explaining to people that you absolutely didn’t want gifts?
(Kristin) I didn’t worry about it — I was no bridezilla. Well, maybe once, but it lasted for about two minutes, then it was done. Ha!

(Alex) We really maintained the focus of, “this is our wedding ceremony, it’s about us,” and this is what we wanted. Some people still got us gifts anyway… if people gave us cash, … more

1 review about CharityWater.org for Wedding Registry

A Quick Tip by lyssachttr

  • Jul 13, 2010
What an awesome twist on the idea of sponsoring a charity in lieu of wedding gifts! Such a tangible, real result that everyone can witness.
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