I have an acquaintance who is getting married soon. Due to a number of reasons, this couple is pretty much marrying themselves off — and they don’t have any money. Due to medical limitations, they have very limited income. They are not members of any specific community, and there is very little family involved.
What many of us take for granted, is simply not there. The kallah’s gown, and leichter, and a kiddush cup have been purchased on credit cards! Somebody purchased a Tallis for them. Somebody else bought them mezuzos. A relative offered to pay one month’s rent to get them started.
They have gotten some assistance from various people or organizations: A chasuna package from a community fund which includes basic household appliances, dishes, cutlery, and I think some bed linens; some money towards a sheitel; and a relative is paying for a small wedding reception in a yeshiva. It’s a little hard for me to figure out what they still need, because I can’t offer what I don’t have. I do know that among many other things, they still need:
1. a chuppah. (literally: poles, and a cover – for an outdoor chuppah, not in a wedding hall).
2. music: is their anyone who sponsors a one-man band for a needy situation?
Does anyone know of resources for hachnosas kallah, that I may be able to ask for help?
Any help available through Ten Yad has already been accessed.
First of all – Super Mazal Tov to the kallah and chasson bI sh’ah tova!
Question please: Where are they? US? Israel?
New York City & Brooklyn
Update, apparently the music is taken care of, BH.
I still need to find a portable Chuppah and any resources for $ to help buy what they don’t have yet. Like tablecloths, potato peelers, sink dish racks, cleaning supplies, and a whole bunch of stuff in between.
Look up http://www.hakhel.info. They have two listings for “Chuppah” Gemachs (along with other gemachs that might come in handy).
That was helpful. I am using one of them, IYH
Now I just found out there are no Flowers either!
Look under “Kallah Chair Gemach” in the Hakhel book.
You may want to google Kallah Magazine. They have a Gemach list that includes “Centerpieces”.