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“Preparing” A Couple For Marriage — Give Emergency Supplies As A Wedding Present

September 17th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Looking for a wedding gift for that difficult to buy for bride and groom?

Stacy Gerlich, a Los Angeles Fire Department Captain, has a creative and useful suggestion. And, she says two-thirds of recipients love it. 

According to Chip Jacobs’ Los Angeles Times story:

Newlyweds receiving a wedding gift from Stacy Gerlich these days can expect a little disaster when they unwrap her present. The Los Angeles Fire Department captain forsakes the traditional toaster oven or personalized bric-a-brac, instead stuffing backpacks with goggles, bottled water, toilet paper and other earthquake-survival items.        

“Ten out of 15 couples said it was the best gift they’ve ever received,” said Gerlich, who heads the department’s Community Emergency Response Training, a seven-week disaster-training program for city residents.

Of course, I think it’s an inspired idea. And, as Jacobs concludes, “If every Southern Californian invited her to their weddings, the region would be a safer place.”

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