Jul 17, 2017

By Jane Brown

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What do you do when you cancel your $30,000 wedding? You throw a dinner for the homeless of course!

Sarah Cummins of Indianapolis says she and her fiance called off the wedding a week before the big date. She declined to give a reason to the Indianapolis Star, but said they were left with a non-refundable contract for the Ritz Charles and a plated dinner for 170 guests.

Janice Williamson-Cox, from Dayspring, left, hugs Sarah Cummins as she and others arrive at the Ritz Charles to enjoy a reception, Saturday, July 15, 2017. Cummins called off her wedding which was supposed to be this day. She decided to bring purpose to the couple’s pain by inviting area homeless to enjoy the reception. (Kelly Wilkinson/The Indianapolis Star via AP)

Cummins said she decided that rather than throw away the food she would bring some purpose to the event and contacted a number of area homeless shelters. The former bride to be then cheerfully greeted and welcomed her guests when they arrived on Saturday.

Several local business owners and residents got involved in the cause – donating suits, dresses and other items for the guests to wear. The guests were clearly grateful for the invitation and the opportunity, calling it a selfless way to handle an unfortunate situation.

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