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Instead of giving wedding party favors, couple donate to Goodfellows

A sign at Meghan Freeman and Evan Porter's Dec. 2 wedding explaining the donation to Goodfellows. In planning the wedding and reception for 250-plus guests, Meghan and Evan had wanted to find a way to give back. “We get to have this big and wonderful party with our friends, and we wanted to keep in mind that there are people in our community who might not be so lucky,” Meghan said. Supporting a local charity, she said, “felt like a good way to start our marriage off on the right foot.” The couple chose Goodfellows based on the advice of Meghan’s grandmother. It’s one of her favorite charities because none of the money that’s donated is kept for administrative costs. A sign at Evan Porter and Meghan Freeman's wedding informs guests about what Goodfellows, The World-Herald's charity, does in the community. Before the wedding, Meghan’s parents, Todd and Lindsey Freeman of Duluth, Minnesota, donated $500 to Goodfellows in honor of their daughter’s wedding. Meghan and her parents agreed that party favors would have been fun, but that felt frivolous when the money could be used to help others during the holiday season. She said the donation “models the type of citizens we’d like to be.” The couple met through a mutual friend in Omaha in 2005 and stayed friends for a couple of years before they started dating.

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