Doing a Good Deed—At a Price

I wanted to make sure to do at least one nice thing for someone else the week of our wedding, as a way to give back at a time when we were receiving so much in both material gifts and love and support. Luckily, a chance was dumped on my lap when I found out that our church was having a blood drive a couple days before our wedding. Since I took off work the week before the wedding, I was able to go fill in an afternoon slot and give blood before I headed over to my parents’ house to finish up some wedding crafts.

The guy who drew my blood was also engaged and getting married soon, so we talked a bit about weddings. The blood draw was successful, and I went and ate my free cookie and drank my complimentary juice. Then I drove out to my parents’ house and began spray painting beer bottles for our centerpieces. I had previously spray painted wine bottles with no problems, so I wasn’t too worried about the beer bottles.

And then I started spraying.

And apparently, exposing yourself to spray paint fumes when you’re down a pint of blood is not a great idea. I almost passed out three times before I finally gave up. Luckily my little sister was able to take over and finish up the last few bottles. So, my advice is to make sure your good deed will not knock you out as you prepare for your wedding.


The other good deed we were able to do was after the wedding. After the wedding, we had a TON of food left over, and it was all wrapped up and given to us to take home. I love BBQ as much as the next guy, but there are only so many pounds of brisket one person can consume before it goes bad, and seeing as how Mr. Cannon and I left for our honeymoon the day after our wedding, it was pretty unlikely we would be able to put a dent in it at all. So, we packed up all the food and drove it to a homeless shelter downtown to donate it. I hope everyone there was able to enjoy the food as much as much as we did!

It felt really great to do something to share our joy with strangers the same way we were sharing it with our friends and family at our wedding. Did you do something charitable to celebrate your marriage?


Mrs. Cannon

Toledo, OH
Wedding Date:
September 2011
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  1. sunhat Member
    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:05 pm

    How thoughtful of you! I donate blood on a regular basis (O neg in the house!) but I didn’t donate within a month of our wedding because I was scared of bruising. One bad stick or a newbie technician and you can be left with one nasty looking arm! I was too chicken to take the risk so I postponed my donation until after the big day.

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:48 pm

    What a wonderful way to give back around the time of your wedding! Very inspiring. Thanks for the ideas! And yea, I almost faint when I think about blood, I think I’d have to go another route…

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    monique1218 416 posts, Helper bee @ 1:11 pm

    The day after our wedding my husband and I took all of our flowers to the hospital he works at and left them there for the patients and staff to enjoy- otherwise they would have been thrown out. Everyone loved them and thought it was very special.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:33 pm

    You guys are so thoughtful! I asked my family to take the flowers from our centerpieces to the local cancer center where my grandmother used to go for treatment, but I don’t know whether they actually did it or not. Hopefully they did, I know flowers always brightened her day when she had to go there!

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    MrsKeAloha 1044 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:28 pm

    That is such a gift you gave, and just days before your wedding. Oh my, how did you sit still long enough to give a pint. I am sure I would have been like “can you get this thing pumping any faster.. skip the cookie I’m outa here..”
    We did make sure to donate and give back – our wedding was on Memorial weekend and a few missed our wedding due to deployments and my husband has been in the Army for over 17 years. We donated our flowers to a Memorial Day Family Parade and gathering. A wonderful Master Sargent made this come true, he picked up 19 vases of Yellow flowers along with cards to give to family members of those who gave everything for our country. We asked it to be anonymous. Our food was also donated to a womans shelter and my dress to Brides against Breast Cancer in honor of my baby sister who insisted I continue with wedding plans.

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:57 pm

    It’s great that you were able to donate the leftover food!

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    coyote 1960 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:13 pm

    As someone who is only alive today due to a blood transfusion, I thank you for your donation!! What a wonderful way to give back.

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    msfairy 976 posts, Busy bee @ 4:12 am

    I love that idea of giving back the week of your wedding :)

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:05 am

    I like the idea of giving blood (I’m also O-), but I always pass out or come close to passing out. I love the idea of doing something charitable along with the wedding, though.

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:37 am

    Like you and @Miss Treasure, I am also O- and I also love the idea of giving blood (and giving back in general) the week of the wedding. While I don’t pass out as in hit-the-floor, I require a ridiculous amount of hardcore sleep after giving blood. This is totally do-able, though, especially since I plan on on working a half-week. Thank you for sharing this, Mrs. Cannon!

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:11 pm

    This is so sweet – and all on the week of your wedding! We ended up giving half our decorations to the wedding taking place at our venue the day after ours – they seemed to like what we did with the place, and honestly.. what was I going to do with 50 paper lanterns and a PVC pipe photo booth set once I got home? We also had a *ton* of fresh crabs left over from our rehearsal, which we “donated” to the staff at our venue – like you, we were leaving for our honeymoon two days later, so at least they were put to good use!

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    priyathescientist 1514 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:29 pm

    This is such a great idea, Mrs. Cannon. I definitely want to do something like this. Unfortunately, I’m petite, and am underweight to donate blood.

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    edub 397 posts, Helper bee @ 9:07 pm

    From the bottom of my heart, thank you for donating blood.

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