On their wedding day in the fall of 2014, Marty Williams, his wife Melanie, and their two daughters, collected the gifts they received and donated them to local charities.
Generosity comes in many forms. For one engaged couple, the decision to ask for donations in lieu of gifts on their special day was a way to give back to community. “My wife and I, and our two daughters, have been blessed with very generous and supportive families,” said Williams.
“Melanie had the idea of donating the gifts we received from the wedding to local charities,” said Williams. “Although there is always somewhere money is needed in our lives, I realized how lucky we’ve been recently and supported the idea.”
“All of our guests knew of our intentions to donate the money beforehand, so it’s through their generosity that we are able to ‘pay it forward’,” said Williams. Guests were more than willing to support the idea.
“While some guests made donations to the charity of their choice in our name, we were able to raise $1,400. Half went to our daughter’s school to supplement their dwindling library resources and the other half went to United Way Halifax.”
Donating to United Way Halifax made sense to the couple, “We chose United Way because of the depth of its local community involvement and the fact that the most percentage of money goes to the cause and not the administration.”
United Way Halifax changes lives locally. It is with the generous support of donors like Marty and Melanie that make it possible. learn more