|Bride-to-be Sarah Cummings turned homeless volunteer and philanthropist|
One of the most touching stories of this year came from Indiana, where a couple called off their $30,000 wedding a week before their big day, which was supposed to be on July 15. However they were stuck with a non-refundable reception for 170 people, and what did the bride Sarah Cummins do? She invited the homeless from 4 local homeless shelters. They feasted on a meal consisting of bourbon meatballs, salmon, goat cheese, roasted garlic bruschetta and cake. The soirée was held Saturday at the Ritz Charles event center in Carmel, Indiana. Moreover her generosity inspired a local man to donate suits for the guests, and his tailor contributed a few more, while other local business donated dresses and accessories.
|Sarah with some of the guests who showed up for the homeless dinner|
The July dinner included chicken, salmon and a wedding cake, and even a late night snack of pizza and drinks. Sarah, a Purdue University pharmacy student, made sure that a painful situation turned into a positive experience. She took a time of her life where she was really sad and kind of lost, and turned it into such a teachable moment for people who are less fortunate. She now volunteers for a center for homeless families in Indianapolis.