When Rickee Stewart had plans to get married, she decided that it was important that all of the numerous gifts that she would get on her wedding day could be put to good use. The items that every new couple needs usually appear at a wedding, but Rickee and her partner decided that there could be a better use for it all than just keeping it for themselves.
Instead, the entire wedding registry would be donated to the students in need who she worked with every day. Donated to those who ned help buying clothes, supplies and necessities to enjoy a better quality of life, she gave it all up without issue.
She instead asked people to pick items that Copper Hills High School of West Jordan, Utah, could put to good use to help those students who were most in need. She’d seen it work with a food bank that was set up by the school, and noticed how many students of her own were in need of using that food bank themselves. It made her think deeply about her own position, and decided to act in accordance with her heart.
She teaches Business and Finance herself, and was happy to make this sacrifice having known for a long time how hard things could be for others. She even wants to start teaching a bit more about the importance of budget planning in lessons, hopefully helping her students in later life.
Indeed, another good example came from the University of Houston, Texas, when the basketball coach there, Kelvin Sampson, did something similar. He asked for coaches to send whatever kinds of team supplies that they could get to the Houston department, so that the clothing could then be donated out to families who were in need of clothing and help after the Hurricane Harvey disaster had decimated the city.
Stewart saw the wide-reaching appeal that Sampson had got, and decided to follow his lead in putting together an intimate, well-intentioned donation platform to help those who were most in need. Indeed, many items came from people who weren’t even going to her wedding, such is the kindness and generosity of the people of the city.
“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.”