Setting up a wedding registry certainly isn’t the worst part of wedding planning. In fact, most couples love adding everything from mixers to honeymoon funds to theirs. While we love traditional wedding registries, we can’t help but get excited when we see couples go a more charitable route— which is exactly what Katherine and Edwin Dean did.
More specifically, the Naples, Florida couple asked for 1,000 goats to help raise money for developing villages in Africa.
The two were initially inspired by a volunteer trip they took to Malawi, Africa. There, Katherine and Edwin became involved with Villages of Partnerships, which helps more than 19,000 people.
“One approach we take to combat lack of food and income is to provide families with goats as a source of income,” a spokesperson for the organization told Fox 4. “One goat can help a farmer produce a fruitful harvest by using its byproducts as fertilizer. We also encourage families to breed their goats and sell offspring to local markets as an additional source of income.”
Katherine and Edwin’s guests ended up being more than willing to help out.
“I think people were very moved that instead wedding presents we were asking for donations,” she said.
The goats typically end up going for $50 each, and according to Edwin, some people even brought two, four, or 10 each. “We did have one group that gave 100 goats,” Edwin added.
The couple’s ceremony turned out to be a special one.
“When I met Katherine, she’s my soulmate, we do everything together,” Edwin said. “There’s pictures of Katherine carrying the baby goat down the aisle of just sort of representation.”
To contribute to Katherine and Edwin’s efforts, donate here.