A bride from California has distributed her wedding reception with dozens of homeless people after her fiance called off their nuptials at the last minute.
27 year-old Quinn and her family, from Sacramento in the United States, were shocked when her husband-to-be decided not to go through with the event, but quickly saw the opportunity to give back to the community.
Deposits for the $35,000 wedding were already paid and more bills were coming due. 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,”
Duane found herself in a banquet hall at Sacramento’s Citizen Hotel filled with the city’s homeless on Saturday.
“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,” Abdullah said.
His wife, Erika Craycraft, had the Duane family top of mind. Their charity means the world to her, she said:
“To lose out on something so important to yourself and then give it to someone else is really giving, really kind,” Craycraft said.
There was plenty to go around as 120 guests were invited before the wedding got canceled.
“This is not coming out of our kitchen. We love our chef Leo, but he wouldn’t be preparing nothing like this,
homeless mother Tamara Dotson said of the food served at the shelter.
While there are many full stomachs and smiles, the night is still painful for the Duanes. The bride-to-be chose to stay home with friends.
“I feel a lot of heartache and heartbreak for her, but I will take away something good from this, I will,” Kari Duane said.