Not all wedding gifts are a KitchenAid mixer, fine china or a luxury sheet set. Nicole and Ashton Griffith of Houston asked guests of their March 30 wedding to donate to their preferred charities, including Upbring.

Nicole, 33, and Ashton, 35, have been together since 2017 and have all the home furnishings they need. The idea for a charity wedding registry stemmed from a wedding the couple attended. On the registry was an opportunity to donate to a Houston hospital that served children.

“I thought that was special,” shared Nicole. “That inspired us to look for philanthropies that were meaningful in the context of the wedding. Because our parents have been so generous in their wedding gifts to us, we wanted to capture something special to them.”

The newlyweds each chose a nonprofit to contribute to in honor of their parents. Ashton selected Upbring because his parents have fostered 21 children, including six with Upbring Foster In Texas (FIT) beginning in 2018. Donations to Upbring will go to support our FIT program in San Antonio, since Ashton’s parents live in Boerne, just west of the Alamo City.

For her charity, Nicole chose BlinkNow, which works to improve the wellbeing of orphans and other at-risk children in Nepal, one of the world’s poorest countries. Nicole, her mom and her sisters are regular donors.

Upbring designed a special donation page for the Griffiths, in honor of their support. Wedding guests could go to the couple’s wedding website and click on the “Registry” tab to learn more and give to both charities. Beneath “Upbring” read, “This agency is extra special to us as Braden’s parents, Sandy and David, are registered fosters through the Upbring agency.”

Nicole and Ashton exchanged vows in New Orleans, where they got engaged.

Upbring is grateful to people like Nicole and Ashton who help bring awareness about our mission and provide lifechanging support to the children and families across Texas. For more information on becoming an Upbring partner, visit

*Nicole and Ashton’s story is true, but we used pseudonyms to protect their privacy.

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