NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Instead of registering for gifts, a Nashville couple helped raise more than $10,000 to fight hunger with the help of their wedding guests.
A passion for giving brought Jacob and Joy Weiss together as man and wife and they used that drive in an interesting way.
Instead of the traditional wedding gifts, the couple asked guests to donate money.
The couple set up a fund, working with the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and have raised close over $10,000 so far.
The fund, administered through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, will provide grants to non-profits and social entrepreneurs for innovative pilot projects that address hunger, food insecurity, food deserts, community gardens, health and nutrition.
News 2 asked the newlyweds what their guests thought of the idea.
“A lot of them thought it was a great idea and were like ‘Yes, let’s do this’ and then some that explained they wanted to give us a gift, too,” said Jacob Weiss.
“We explained that it really is a gift to us because we’re so excited to be able to do more in the community and meet more people that are doing amazing work in the community. The opportunity to do that is the most meaningful gift we could get.”
The couple got a big boost from entertainer Steve Harvey when they appeared on his talk show.
“Steve read about it and saw it so they invited us to come out and we were able to share with him what we were doing and he gifted us with $10,000. It was a complete surprise and shock to us and I was like “Oh my gosh this is amazing’ and it created a more national exposure of what hunger looks like in your community and how can you get involved to fix it,” said Joy Weiss.