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Newlyweds Forego Wedding Gifts, Request Donations

January 21, 2008

(Jan. 21, 2008) Newlyweds Jacob and Miriam Hodesh, of Miriam, Ga., deleted their entire wedding registry and instead requested family and friends to make donations to The Save Darfur Coalition.

The couple’s decision, which dismayed some and impressed others, helped raise more than $20,000 for the Washington, D.C.-based organization that seeks to end the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan.

The coalition posted the Hodeshes’ blog on its website as part of its Darfur Heroes section, giving the bride and groom an opportunity to discuss why they made the decision to forego their wedding gifts.

“You wouldn’t imagine how difficult it is to actually delete a registry. Nonetheless, it was a decision that we believed in, and we moved on together to yet another decision,” the couple wrote. “Some people didn’t understand why two white Jewish kids from the Midwest would suggest donations be made to their black African brothers and sisters many miles away. Our answer was that we are all brothers and sisters.”

The coalition’s Darfur Heroes section will feature one outstanding activist’s story each month—through a blog featured on Save Darfur’s website—not only to recognize those individuals who have helped build the movement, but also to inspire others with unique fundraising and awareness-raising tactics.

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