Could Kim Kardashian’s Wedding Budget Have Changed the World?

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If Kate and William proved that fairy tales can come true, Kim and Kris countered with an awwwwkward reality check on Monday, announcing plans to divorce after just 72 days of wedded oops.

The newly single Kardashian released a statement on her blog yesterday and wrote about how she married for love, not money. She also mentioned that she’ll be donating the money from all her wedding gifts to the Dream Foundation, an org that makes dreams come true for adults facing life-threatening illnesses. It’s kinda like a grown-up version of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We give props to Kimmie K. for giving back amidst going through a divorce. It also got us thinking: What else, exactly, could you do with a wedding cost of $27.9 mil (it’s been reported that the nuptials cost $10 million and there was a hefty $17.9 million paycheck from E!). Below, we broke down where the money could’ve gone. Maybe we’ll help give the woman formerly known as Mrs. Humphries some more charity ideas!

+$400,000 to Meals on Wheels = 40,000 meals to hungry US senior citizens
+$500,000 to Souls4Soles = 500,000 pairs of shoes for children around the world who don’t own them
+$1 million to Save the Whales = 40,000 endangered whales “adopted”
+$1 million to VH1 Save The Music= 33 music programs (1,200 instruments that last for 10 years) which would benefit 12,000 kids over a decade
+$5 million to Nothing But Nets = 500,000 people protected from malaria
+$5 million to Heifer International = dairy cows for 1,000 families in need of nourishing milk and healthy livestock
+$6 million to Nature Conservancy Carbon Offset program = 300,000 tons of carbon offset in the air
+$9 million to Charity: Water= 450 school or health clinic water projects … serving 450,000 kids safe, clean drinking water

If you want to look at it from a wedding prospective here are some interesting stats about the nuptials and where the costs could have gone to:

+$2 million florist bill = 2 million trees planted in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil rainforest (providing jobs, reducing CO2 levels, restoring ecosystem) through the Nature Conservancy
+$60,000 in gifted wedding gowns = approx. 6,000 suits donated to Dress for Success, providing job-seeking women with interview apparel (our guestimate at 100 bucks a pop)
+$2.2 million for engagement ring and wedding band = 5,238 children sponsored in Sierra Leone, a country deeply wounded by “blood diamond” conflict (via World Vision)

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$10 = 10 Trees

$10 = 10 Trees

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