WOOSTER, Ohio — A newlywed couple opted out of the traditional wedding gifts most couples put on their registries and instead built their registry around supplies needed by their local animal shelter, according to an article by News 5 media partner The Daily Record.
Jonathan and Jeananne Wickham had been together for seven years and didn’t need typical household items that most couples list on their registries, so the two decided to add cat food, dog kibble, kitty litter, treats and other items to their list so they could donate it to the Wayne County Humane Society, the article said.
Wayne County Humane Society board president Brian Bogner said that the Wickhams’ donation was the largest one-time donation he had ever seen, according to the article.
The couple presented the shelter with everything from food to cleaning supplies and coffee for the shelter's volunteers, the article said.
In addition to the wedding gifts donated to the shelter, the Wickhams also donated $2,000 to the Wayne County Humane Society to go towards emergency vet bills for cats, according to the article.
The newlyweds hope that their donation inspires other couples getting married who don’t need typical wedding gifts to follow in their footsteps.
“We accumulate so much stuff in our lives and even if you think in the future, ‘Maybe, I’ll need this,’ if you can do some good with a large or small event, then do that,” Jeananne Wickham said. “Truly, there was nothing in our lives that we needed to have a registry so we could get this or get that. We could get those things for ourselves, but this we couldn’t do by ourselves.”