Wedding days are mostly about celebrating the new couple and showering them with gifts. But two OSF HealthCare employees chose to tie the knot rooted in their love for the OSF Mission. On November 10th of 2018, Mat Hanley and Jayme Nowell were married at the historic St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, IL. However, when it came to the guests bringing gifts, they decided to steer away from the traditional route. The newlyweds elected to forego the traditional wedding registry and encouraged their wedding guests to donate in support of Almost Home Kids. According to Mat and Jayme, they chose to support Almost Home Kids because they believe that providing children happiness is the ultimate gift.
Almost Home Kids provides transitional care in a home-like setting for children with complex medical needs, as well as training and respite care for their families. The OSF Mission is to serve others with the greatest care and love, and according to the couple “this Mission reflects how we strive to live our lives.” Because of this need to serve others, they knew they wanted to give back to the children living at Almost Home Kids.
The bride and groom were able to incorporate a little piece of Almost Home Kids in several aspects of their wedding. From their invitations, to the day of event décor – they even had a card holder designed to look like the Almost Home Kids home. Jayme and Mat did all they could to celebrate and support the children and families of Almost Home Kids and they are truly an inspiration with their selfless act.
As the example shows above, there are so many creative ways to raise funds for OSF HealthCare. If interested, please reach out to OSF HealthCare Foundation to discuss. Also, you too can follow in the footsteps of Jayme and Mat by supporting OSF HealthCare and Almost Home Kids.