When twenty-seven-year-old Quinn and her family, from Sacramento in the United States, were told by the husband-to-be that he no longer wanted to go through with the wedding, they decided to turn their heartache into generosity.
The $35,000 reception that was to be held at the city’s Citizen Hotel was non-refundable. The family and heartbroken bride-to-be decided to turn heartbreak into good by opening the reception to the community to feed the homeless.
Up to 90 homeless men, women and children turned up to the fully paid reception that had been organized to cater 120 guests. Families including grandparents and newborns turned up to enjoy the reception.
The bride’s mother, Kari Duane told KCRA News, “When I found out on Monday that the wedding would not be taking place, it just seemed like, of course, this would be something that we would do to give back.”
Many of the homeless guests welcomed the gesture and were amazed that despite the bride’s heartache, she could bless others.
Homeless mother, Erika Craycraft said opening the reception to the community was a ‘really kind’ thing to do. “To lose out on something so important to yourself and then give it to someone else is really giving, really kind,” she said.
Rashad Abdullah, a father who attended the reception with his wife and five children admitted, ‘When you’re going through a hard time and a struggle for you to get out to do something different and with your family, it was really a blessing.” The father told KCRA News they struggled to eat three meals a day.
Ms Duane was happy the reception didn’t go to waste.
“I feel a lot of heartache and heartbreak for her (Quinn), but I will take away something good from this, I will,” she said.