One Queensland woman’s generous offer has struck a chord with the community she wanted to give back to.
Sian Lucas posted an offer on a community Facebook group that some may have assumed were too good to be true.
“I’d like to offer a random act of kindness with only a couple of small conditions in return,” Ms Lucas wrote.
Ms Lucas offered to give away her wedding dress to one bride-to-be in exchange for people sharing their love story and agreeing to perform a random act of kindness of their own.
The dress was a custom design by the owner of Babushka Ballerina, who Ms Lucas describes as “one of the loveliest” people she has ever met.
“It is french lace, creamy white in colour, fully lined and boned through the bust. The Swarovski crystal belt is stitched on and the veil is fingertip length on an ivory comb,” she wrote.
“There is a concealed button at the back to pin the small train up for dancing.”
After Sian’s wedding the dress was professionally dry-cleaned and boxed. The reason Ms Lucas decided to “pass the dress on” was simple.
“I decided to pass my dress on to someone else so that they may feel as beautiful as I did when I wore it,” she told Yahoo News Australia.
“I just wanted to contribute a random act of kindness to the community where I grew up.
“I wished I could give the dress to all of the incredible women who responded.”
According to a survey conducted by the Easy Wedding website, which helps brides plan their weddings, the average wedding dress in Australia will set you back upwards of $2,000 – so the important outfit may not be easily accessible to all.
Ms Lucas didn’t expect the response her post received, admitting she was “overwhelmed” after the public appeal received 459 reactions and over 100 comments.
Many people praised Ms Lucas with one person saying she “is a truly beautiful soul”.
“What a generous thing to do,” another said.
“You’re amazing! I’m sure the person who receives this gown will be the luckiest bride around. So beautiful,” commented someone else.
A third observed that the offer would “change someone’s life”.
Ms Lucas said she didn’t think she deserved all the praise.
“I just feel a bit silly,” she admitted. “I don’t feel like any credit is deserved. I’m just happy to see it’s made others happy.”
“If every person set out to do one kind thing for a stranger every day, we could really change the world,” Ms Lucas said.
Since it was posted the post has been inundated with love stories.
One woman shared how she and her partner met when they were aged 12 and 13 and were friends before 10 years before they decided to try being a couple.
Now they have three beautiful daughters together and are planning to marry.
Another woman shared how she knew her future partner by reputation before they actually met at a party in the small coastal town where they lived.
She then described their first dates and early kisses.
Ms Lucas has already chosen the lucky bride-to-be, who did not wish to be identified.
“I definitely feel the lady who is going to wear this dress deserves to feel like a princess on her special day,” Ms Lucas said.
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