A Sacramento bride-to-be, Quinn Duane, was distraught when her fiancée called off the wedding of her dreams. Quinn immediately called her mother, Kari, in distress. Despite Kari’s heartache for her daughter, she saw only one solution to this woe.

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,” Kari said.

Quinn and her mom decided to take the $35,000 loss and use it to give back to the community. The non-refundable wedding flowers were donated to a nearby nursing home, while the reception dinner was used to feed the less fortunate. Quinn and Kari extended invitations to local homeless shelters, and their hearts were filled when almost one hundred people showed up. Men, women, and children attended the reception and had a feast they will never forget. Many of the homeless struggle to receive just three meals a day, so this was a day they were incredibly grateful for.

One mother said, “To lose out on something so important to yourself and then give it to someone else is really giving, really kind.”

For another father, this night was a chance for his family to do something different.
“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.”-Rashad Abdullah

Though Quinn was too distressed to attend the reception herself, her mother happily stood in her place.

“I feel a lot of heartache and heartbreak for her, but I will take away something good from this, I will,” Kari Duane said.

As the old saying goes, “blessings come in disguise.”

Note from the Author: This family turned their loss into a blessing and it was incredibly kind of them to give back to their community. I do not want to diminish or take away from that that by any means. I simply want to shed light on what was the most unfortunate part of this story for myself. $35,000 was spent on an extravagant wedding reception intended for one day. $35,000. There are a significant amount of people in the world, America included, who don’t even make $35,000 in a year. $35,000 has the potential to give the homeless much more than one day of “royalty” treatment.

Yes, people are entitled to spend their money on whatever they like. My question is: Where are our priorities when it comes to humanity?

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”