The Pandemic has cancelled a lot of events, and thrown even more into jeopardy. At there point there are not many who have not had to cancel some plan or event. But some have it worse than others. Some had big weddings planned with thousands of dollars invested and those had to get scrapped. But at least one couple turned it into a boon for others.
When Emily Bugg and Billy Lewis’ were planning their wedding they certainly hadn’t considered that a global pandemic would scuttle their ceremony and reception.
Because of the coronavirus restrictions in their area the couple decided that they would get married at Chicago’s City Hall instead. And rather than try to work on getting their deposits back they would repurpose them.
They put their $5,000 worth of reception food to good use on Thanksgiving last month, when they asked their caterer, Big Delicious Planet, to instead provide food for Emily’s work.
Emily works as an outreach worker with the nonprofit, Thresholds, which is an organization that provides services and resources for people with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders in Illinois.
Thresholds usually holds a communal Thanksgiving dinner for clients, but it was canceled due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions. Instead, Bugg and Lewis’ wedding caterer, put the couple’s $5,000 deposit to use to prepare 200 special Thanksgiving meals for delivery.
Big Delicious Planet prepared turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, and other Thanksgiving staples. Talk about a great way to use already spent money!
On top of that they also took their venue deposit and convinced the venue, Salvage One, to repurpose it for a future event for the Epilepsy Foundation! They turned a wedding ceremony into a benefit for hundreds of people and two good causes.
“In the grand scheme of things, canceling a big wedding isn’t the worst thing that could happen,” Bugg said. “We’re happy to be married, and we’re so happy that we could help Thresholds’ clients feel the connection of a Thanksgiving meal as a result of the wedding cancellation.”
Thresholds CEO Mark Ishaug also commented on the situation, saying the donation was “an incredible example of the generosity and creativity that the pandemic has inspired in so many.”
“I know that Emily’s act of kindness will inspire others to do the same and build love and connection in a difficult time, in any way we can. Thresholds is so grateful for our staff, like Emily, who are so dedicated to their work serving those with mental illnesses,” he said.
If there as gesture that might encourage generosity and creativity in spreading kindness and building love and connection in a difficult time; that would certainly be your Good News Story of the Day. You can find this one here.
The couple’s wedding may have been canceled, but their generosity helped bring many others joy on Thanksgiving.
Story and Image from CBS News.