A newly married couple is widely praised for their decision to help local school children in need instead of accepting wedding gifts.
Kelli Cameron, a first teacher in Tampa, Florida, got engaged last summer with her partner Matt. When they started planning their wedding, they realized that & # 39; nothing specific & # 39; was that they needed it, so they suggested a register on Amazon instead to help a nearby school and its students.
Kelli, 28, extended his hand to the staff of the Booker T. Washington Elementary School (also in Tampa) and asked what the incoming students needed before they could study again in September.
Unselfish: A Florida-based couple is praised for donating backpacks to a school in need instead of asking for traditional wedding gifts
Newlyweds: Kelli and Matt Cameron, in the photo, said it & # 39; amazing & # 39; was to celebrate a party that should be about them and benefit others
Kelli works at Roland Park Elementary School five miles from Booker T. Washington. She has been a teacher for seven years.
Because the future newlyweds had planned their ceremony in June, they created a register based on the teachers' recommendations.
On their wedding website, they called on guests to select a backpack from the Amazon list and fill it with supplies for a young boy or girl.
& # 39; We started to think of different charity actions we could do, and as a teacher I really liked the idea of school supplies, & # 39; Kelli told Fox13. & # 39; So I talked to Matt about it and we decided on the idea, & # 39;
& # 39; Each guest received a brief description of who they were buying and what size they were for uniforms, and what grade they were in for school supplies that were needed, & # 39; she added.
& # 39; Instead of crock pots, they were Sharpies and T-shirts and khaki shorts & # 39 ;, groom Matt, 29, revealed in a video shared with Hillsborough County Public Schools Facebook account.
Great day: the couple's wedding resulted in 70 backpacks filled with supplies for a nearby school
Handy: the couple collected the essence in an online register and shared the suggestions with guests
Heart and soul: a tearing Kelli said she was happy that the children will be so excited to go to school with their new kits
& # 39; As a teacher, I put my heart and soul into the children. You try and you try to give and many other teachers do that too, & # 39; added a visibly emotional Kelli.
& # 39; At the end of the wedding, two or three large carts were pushed out of the room and loaded into a truck, and the back of my husband's truck was completely filled with backpacks, & # 39; she shared proudly.
The school bags were filled with suitable stationary items and supplies such as water bottles, headphones, hand disinfectants, wipes, markers, erasers, notebooks, folders, glue sticks, tissues and pencils.
The back-to-school kits also include colorful polo shirts, shorts, socks and children's underwear.
Pride: Matt, in the photo, said his new wife is passionate about helping students every day
& # 39; How wonderful it was that we could do that – take something that was about us and help others, & # 39; a tearing Kelli said.
& # 39; The children who receive the backpacks will be excited for that first day of school and excited that they have a new backpack and new supplies and are ready to start the school year. & # 39;
Regarding the gesture of his new wife, Matt said that this movement was exemplary of her character.
& # 39; I am not at all surprised that she came up with this and was so passionate about it, because that is what she does every day, & # 39; he said.
The big-hearted couple finally donated 70 backpacks full of necessities after their recent wedding celebrations at Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club.
& # 39; I work at a school that already needs a lot of help, so I knew we didn't need those items & # 39 ;, she also told Fox13.
& # 39; As a teacher I know that many children come to school with nothing, and you see the children so enthusiastic about the little things: a backpack or new shoes. It is so important that they can start school enthusiastically and that many teachers spend their own money for their children. This helped a bit. & # 39;
After the news was shared on the Facebook channel of Hillsborough County Public Schools, the Camerons were praised for their generosity and selflessness.
Grateful: & # 39; We are so grateful for their generosity, partnership and willingness to put our students first & # 39 ;, praising the school
Requirements: First class teacher Kelli was praised by staff and parents on social media for donating the necessities, pictured
& # 39; Wow !! So thoughtful and kind to both, & commentator wrote.
& # 39; Really great! What a gift for these children and a gift that this couple will hold forever in their hearts, knowing that they have made a difference in someone's life & # 39 ;, another said.
Those whose children had once been taught by Kelli also weighed to applaud her personally.
& # 39; She was my son's teacher at Roland Park and she is more than amazing & # 39 ;, one mother said, while another agreed: & # 39; She is a great teacher and person! & # 39;
On Twitter, the school district also said: & # 39; We are so grateful for their generosity, cooperation, and willingness to put our students first & # 39 ;.
Generous: the friendly couple gets married in June and is excited to prepare the backpacks before the students start their education in September
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