Sarah Cummins, a 25-year-old Purdue University pharmacy student, was supposed to get married to now ex-fiancé, Logan Araujo, at the glamorous Ritz Charles in Carmel, Indiana.
But their wedding was called off. The ex-couple did not want to disclose the reason.
However, what was disclosed to the entire world is seeing how a devastating situation can transform into an act of kindness for others.
Cummins spent $30,000 for her wedding reception for 170 guests. But when the wedding was called off, she was left with a non-refundable wedding dinner.
So, she decided to do something amazing with her investment. She donated all the food to local area homeless shelters by throwing a posh party for the homeless.
She mentioned how painful it was for her to go through this situation, but what would have been worse was if the food she ordered got wasted.
"It was really devastating, I called everyone, canceled, apologized, cried, called vendors, cried some more and then I started feeling really sick about just throwing away all the food I ordered for the reception," she recalled.
Cummins, along with her wedding planners, contacted the homeless shelters in the area. Many residents and local businesses also wanted to lend support so they donated suits for the guests. Cummins' mother, her aunts and seven of her bridesmaids came to support.
The brave woman was present at the reception to receive her guests.
"For me, it was an opportunity to let these people know they deserved to be at a place like this just as much as everyone else does," she said.
Chicken breast with artichokes, bourbon-glazed meatballs and roasted garlic bruschetta were on the menu along with the wedding cake.
One of the attendees, Charlie Allen, who spent three months at a homeless mission, was excited to receive a donated jacket.
“I didn’t have a sport coat,” he said, tugging gently at the lapels. “I think I look pretty nice in it.”
Ex-fiancé Araujo also supported Cummins' decision.
"I'm happy through my grief and also Sarah's that she was able to make a selfless and very thoughtful decision in such a hard time," he said.