Thanks for thinking about getting us a gift, but we're just happy to be getting married and your presence at our celebration is gift enough. Really. We don't expect anything and there's not much that we need. All we want is to hang out with you on our happy day for a few hours. For reals.
We understand that many people would like to express their joy for us with a gift and we appreciate that sentiment. So here's what we'd like to suggest: please consider making a donation to one of the following non-profit organizations in lieu of a gift. They are worthy causes in which we believe strongly. You'll feel good about it and we will, too.
The Oregon Food Bank feeds hundreds of Oregonians every day. They are supported by good people (hey, that's you!) who strive to eliminate hunger and its root causes.
Through advocacy, education and research, 1000 Friends of Oregon seeks to build livable communitities, protect farms and forests and conserve natural and scenic areas that make Oregon great. We love Oregon and 1000 Friends does, too.
Whereever there is a need for medical attention, Doctors Without Borders (AKA, Medecins Sans Frontieres) is there to lend its expertise, compassion and leadership. By both providing medical aid and raising international awareness of crisis situations, MSF sets out to alleviate human suffering, to protect life and health and to restore and ensure respect for the human beings and their fundamental human rights. If that's not a worthy cause, I don't know what is.
You know all about Habitat already: they build houses for people who need them and Jimmy Carter helps them. Rock on, Habitat!
Lambda Legal fights for the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV. This includes the right to marry. As we pledge our union, we are reminded that not everyone is allowed this right. Let's try to change that together, okay?
If you really want to show up at our wedding with a tangible gift wrapped in pretty paper, well, don't let all our high-falutin' talk deter you. In fact, we've also registered at a few different places. We couldn't decide on any one place to register so you have your choice of shopping adventures.
- Meier & Frank
- Please see the overlong and complicated explanation about this regsitry in the blog entry about it.
- Crate and Barrel
- If you live in the Bay Area (or Chicago or New York, for that matter) you are probably already well familiar with this place. If you're a Portlander, you can shop on-line or visit their new store at Bridgeport Village in Beavertron.
- Because, in case you haven't figured it out already, we're kinda food nerds.
- Home Depot
- Every home could use a DustBuster.