Couple Exchanges Vows, Helps Homeless

Sunday, December 21st 2008, 6:43 pm
By: News On 6

By Jeffrey Smith, News On 6

TULSA, OK -- A Tulsa couple exchanged their vows Friday night and spent their first weekend as a married couple making hundreds of lunches for the homeless.

You'd think if there was ever a time to be selfish, to accept gifts with wide open-arms, it would be at your wedding, but Kathleen and Gordon Greer say that's just not their style.

"It's a good way to celebrate and share with others who don't have that," said Kathleen Greer.

Kathleen Greer's been making sandwiches to help the homeless every other weekend for the last few months.

It started out just her and her fiancé. Now it's a full round-table.

"We made 50 the first time, and now we're up to at least 300," said Kathleen Greer.

Friends and co-workers starting showing up week after week. Even Kathleen's boss is proud of her peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

"I think that we're all in this room very blessed, and I think it's just our way of passing it forward," said Gail Phillips, Kathleen's boss.

But this weekend is different. Kathleen and Gordon Greer got married two days ago.

Even during the priceless moment, Kathleen was thinking about giving back.

"We got a big gift sent to us by my new brother in law, and it was in this big red Santa bag, and I was like, oh this is perfect, we can put sandwiches in this," said Kathleen Greer.

Gordon says all the gift cards they got as wedding gifts are already used up.

"We used it buy peanut butter and jelly last night," said Gordon Greer.

Right after they exchanged vows, Kathleen and Gordon wanted to exchange sandwiches. So they hauled hundreds of them downtown to the Day Center for the Homeless. The gang gave away food, water, even warm winter clothes.

"You have people that really need this. And I need it at this point, temporarily. But you have people that really need it," said T.J. Ferguson.

It's an unusual way to spend your second day marriage.

"This, this is the wife's idea," said Gordon Greer.

But these newlyweds say they wouldn't have it any other way.

The Greer's made 300 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches this morning and they were all gone in about 10 minutes.

They say that's why they keep doing it and they say if they can do it, anyone can.

If there is extra food, they donate it to the John 3:16 Mission.

Editor's Note:  On Tuesday, December 23, received this e-mail from the Greers:

"I wanted to thank you (Jeffrey) and to also let you know that someone saw that story... and donated $500 dollars! That will buy a lot of peanut butter and jelly and maybe some warm winter thermals! Thank you and Happy Holidays!