Newlyweds gift money to wedding guests... to buy toys for needy children

Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan
Immediately after Brad and Jessica Bond got married, they did something that they had first done together on their first date years ago... they went and bought toys.

A tradition in Brad's family, he used to participate in the Toys for Tots program, run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve that distributes toys to children who cannot afford them.

Heroes of Kindness - Jessica and Brad Bond

What made it extra special on this wedding day was that the Florida couple also went ahead and gave every one of their wedding guests a gift card worth $10 to buy toys for the program. Most of the guests were amused and thought it was a prank... until vans started to turn up at the wedding to carry all the guests to the shopping mall!

In the end, everyone, including the bride still in her wedding gown, had a jolly good time buying toys with most guests buying above the $10 limit and donating to the children.

Immediately after they got married, the couple did something that they had first done together on their first date years ago.

“It was a great experience. So many of the guests said it was something they planned to continue doing with their children, which was the goal - to see that good in people.”
- Brad Bond, bridegroom

Heroes of Kindness - Jessica and Brad Bond

Author's note:
This is part of my  #BlogchatterA2Z and #AtoZChallenge where I will be focusing on Real Life Heroes of Kindness and Compassion. 

Of course, I have been tracking these lovely human beings for years now and have found children as young as six years old and old women in their eighties from across the world who will restore your faith in humanity.

Want more stories of compassion to brighten up your day? Hundreds of 'Heroes of Kindness' can be found here:

Heroes of Kindness - 2017 edition
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Heroes of Kindness - 2019 edition
Heroes of Kindness - Indian edition

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  1. That is such a beautiful gesture

    B for Bugs Bunny

  2. How sweet! Thankfully these days in India too I see some weddings not asking for gifts and asking for a donation to charity instead. The change is small, but glad to see it.

  3. Such a touching gesture by this young couple! God bless them!

  4. It is such a joy to read about people like these who put money to such good use. Thank you for sharing their tale with us, doc!

  5. This is probably the best way to share your happiness and bring a smile on the faces of those lovely kids. A wonderful gesture indeed.

  6. It is indeed an act of kindness when you think of others on a day as important as a wedding day! Thanks for sprinkling kindness all around Doc!

  7. Roshan you have been doing this so consistently, kudos
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  8. Small acts go a long way. Such a thoughtful gesture by the couple.

  9. I wish people had sense to use money for a better cause than splurge on their weddings. Beautiful post again.

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