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. msfox Bee
    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 405 posts, Helper bee @ 9:07 pm

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

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