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Wedding favors give back on Valentine's Day

By Lauren Squires

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Millions of people celebrated Valentine's Day Saturday. The day comes from the celebration of St. Valentine from the 14th century, but has since become a Hallmark Holiday -- filled with candy hearts and flowers.

But for Molly and Dan Lahart, showing love today meant giving back to the place where it all began.

It's February 14th and the chapel at Loras College is packed with people. All here to witness the marriage of Molly and Dan Lahart. But sit down and talk with the couple and you'll quickly learn: choosing their date had nothing to do with St. Valentine.

"Oh no! It wasn't cause of Valentine's Day. It was cause i had a five day weekend," said Molly.

She's a teacher, who just happened to have time off. But these two aren't even from dubuque, they both live in chicago.

"We met at Loras on the antioch retreat and started dating after college," said Molly.

Celebrating their wedding meant coming back to where it all started. But head over to the reception and you'll won't see your typical party favors.

"In lieu of doing wedding favors at the tables, we're donating money to Loras College Campus Ministry," said Dan.

That money is going to five lucky students, who are donating their time to baby-sit during the Lahart's reception.

"I went on a bunch of service trips while i was here and i know how hard it was to raise money," said Molly.

Junior Kate Earlywine is one of the students selected. She says in a tough economy it's hard to ask people for money. But this opportunity will pay help pay for her trip to Honduras in March.

"On a day that's about them, it's amazing to see them give back to the community so that can then serve others," said Earlywine.

Perhaps this day of love, is a day of blessings. While two join together in marriage, their wedding "favors" are giving back and saying thanks.

"It was important enough to have our wedding here and we also wanted to make sure students that go to Loras get the same benefits we did," said Molly.

The five students, who were on baby-sitting standby Saturday, received $200 each. All money will go towards their service trips.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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