Samantha Jackson and Farzin Yousefian called off their plans for a 'traditional' wedding and had a civil ceremony instead so that they could support a Syrian family's bid to live in Canada.
The Toronto couple was planning their wedding when they saw a photo of Aylan Kurdi, a young refugee who died on the shores of Turkey. They realised then that they could use this as an opportunity to do good. The groom says:
Family and friends were supportive of the couple's decision and donated cash to their fundraiser in lieu of gifts. In three weeks they raised $22,750 and are working to collect the last few dollars needed to sponsor a Syrian family of four - which is $27,000.
What do you think about this idea?
I personally think this is a beautiful way to start off a marriage! That is also the response I have heard from most, but one person asked me, "What about the homeless in Toronto? Why can't we start here?!" My response was this: YES! We can start here! Everyone has a cause that is near and dear to their heart and it was this bride and groom's choice was to help a refugee family. Let it inspire you to give back to whomever and however you wish 😊