Like a lot of couples this year, COVID forced Emily Bugg and Billy Lewis to rethink their wedding plans. So when they decided not to host the big event they were planning, the Illinois couple came up with a way to help their community instead. They donated their nonrefundable $5-thousand catering deposit to provide meals to those in need for Thanksgiving.
The bride and groom tied the knot at the courthouse instead and were able to use that money to buy 200 turkey dinners for clients of Thresholds, a nonprofit mental health provider that helps people with serious mental health illnesses and substance use conditions. Emily, an outreach worker for Thresholds, says, “We’re happy to be married, and we’re so happy we could help Thresholds’ clients feel the connection of a Thanksgiving meal as a result of the wedding cancellation.”
And they didn’t stop there. The couple is also working with the venue they reserved for their reception to use their deposit for a future event for the Epilepsy Foundation, another cause Emily is involved with. Thresholds CEO Mark Ishaug says, “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.”
Source: Good Morning America