|Michigan newlyweds get gifts for those in need|
|Written by Associated Press|
|Sunday, 22 December 2013 07:52|
MONROE, Mich. (AP) — Gifts for the recent wedding of a Monroe couple included toys and food, just what the happy couple requested.
Lisa and Jeremiah Connally said they have everything they need so they asked the 160 guests at their Dec. 14 wedding to bring donations to help people in need at Christmas, according to The Monroe Evening News ( http://bit.ly/IVljhX ). The guests responded with dozens of toys and cases of food.
"We're established in life," Lisa Connally told the newspaper. "We're both very blessed."
"I thought it was a great idea," Jeremiah Connally said. "We have more than we need."
The couple delivered a truck full of food to the Oaks of Righteousness warming center. Toys went to the Salvation Army for its Toys for Tots program.
"I think it's fabulous," said Lisa's mother, Sharon Schmelz. "She was so happy she was crying all night. It's from the heart."
Lisa Connally, 39, is a clinical research coordinator at the University of Michigan. Jeremiah Connally, 38, is an electrician. They have three children from previous marriages.
The newlyweds will begin their honeymoon on Christmas Day, traveling to the Bahamas and feeling good about their decision to give instead of receive.
"It was the best decision we ever made," Lisa Connally said. "Except getting married."
Information from: The Monroe Evening News, http://www.monroenews.com
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