This wedding story will make you grab your tissues — and not for the reason you think.
After a groom-to-be called off a Sacramento wedding, would-be-bride Quinn Duane must have felt a a whirlwind of emotions, but one might not expect charitable to be one of them.
Duane’s family was with an empty banquet hall full of decorations and enough food to feed over 100 people, reports KCRA. Everything was already paid for, totaling $35,000. What were they do to?
They decided to give back to their community. This past Saturday, the reception went on as planned — except Quinn and her guests were not in attendance. Instead, her mother Kari invited members of the city’s homeless and hungry population to the venue.
Here's more, from KCRA:
First to arrive, nearly a half hour early, was a woman who lives in a shelter with others too old to work and too financially strapped to afford rent. “I was thinking at that moment, if she’s the only person that comes tonight, this was worth it,” Duane said.
But more came — single people, families, grandparents and newborns.
Kari says she “feels a lot of heartbreak” for her daughter, but it glad that something good could come out of such a painful experience.
Rashad Abdullah arrived with his wife and five children. Plates overflowing with food, the family ate like royalty.
It was a stark contrast to their usual struggle just to eat three meals a day. “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.
The Duane family's gesture serves as a reminder to all of us that, no matter what we're going through, it's important to have perspective and be willing to help others.
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