Getting married is incredible in so many respects. From hearing your boyfriend utter those four fateful words ("Will you marry me?") to the unforgettable parties thrown in your favor before the big day, the days leading up to your wedding are arguably some of the happiest of your life. One other cool thing that happens when you get hitched? You get gifts—and lots of them! Some couples opt for a honeyfund, while others stick to more traditional registry items like fine china and espresso makers. And then there are people like Rickee Stewart who use their registry to help others.
Stewart, a teacher at Copper Hills High School in Utah, is swapping plates for shoes and backpacks to give homeless children at her school, according to an ABC News article. Her passion stems from the time when her high school set up a food pantry to help those going hungry.
"One of my students walked up very quietly and said, 'So, my mom wants to know how I can actually get some of that food,'" Stewart told ABC News. "It's very real."
So when it came time to decide where she would register for her wedding gifts, she didn't think twice about going a more nontraditional route. The high school teacher asked her guests to donate to her homeless student project in place of giving wedding presents, according to KSL-TV.
"I registered for tennis shoes and Converse and backpacks and winter coats for the homeless kids at our school," she mentioned.
Now that word has officially spread about her homeless student registry, even those not on the wedding guest list are donating to the cause.
"It's not me. It's pure kindness of strangers," Stewart said, adding, "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."