Following on from last Friday’s blog on the increase in the numbers of homeless
in UK towns and cities I came across this touching story this week from across the pond.
Sarah Cummins was due to get married this weekend. She had been working overtime evenings and weekends to raise money to have her dream wedding she had always wanted. The venue was booked with a non-refundable contract and 170 guests invited to the beautifully idyllic grounds of the garden pavilion at Ritz Charles hotel, Carmel, Indiana.
A week before the wedding, Sarah called it off, for reasons she did not want to discuss. The dream had been lost, all the planning, hard work and emotional build up shattered and she was left, with only a broken heart.
Immediately after the decision Sarah called all the guests and told them the
news with tears falling with each phone call she made.
Through all the pain and tears she then had a thought to bring some good of the
doleful situation. She made the magnanimous decision to not let the reception and
all the food go to waste and with the help of the events co-ordinator set about
contacting a number of shelter charities in the area. She has now arranged busses to collect the residence of the shelter charity to have the opportunity of a meal in a setting that they would not have even dared dream.
This Saturday 170 shelter residents and families will sit down at the Ritz
Charles and enjoy a menu of bourbon-glazed meatballs, goat cheese and roasted
garlic bruschetta, chicken breast with artichokes and Chardonnay cream sauce.
And to finish off the meal, you guessed it, the wedding cake.
Sarah says she doesn’t feel so generous, but such a beautiful and unselfish
gesture shows Sarah has a big heart. Bringing such joy to so many in need, at a
time when most of us would only, naturally, be thinking of ourselves. I am sure,
Sarah one day, will meet someone who will fulfil her dreams as she truly