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Carol and Willie Fowler were expecting to see their daughter walk down the aisle, but ended up with a celebration for more than 200 homeless people instead.

The Fowlers’ daughter cancelled her wedding 6 weeks before the ceremony. When most people would be angry over the situation the family turned their elaborate wedding reception into a good cause.

Carol Fowler explained how prayer helped them make the decision, she told ABCNews, “My husband actually prayed about it.” Adding, “The next morning he woke, I was in the process of canceling the venue, letting them know that we had no use for it, and he said, ‘No, we’re going to call “Hosea Feed the Hungry” and have them round-up people from the shelters.’”

The supportive parents decided since they were going to spend the money anyway, they might as well not waste the it; especially because the cancelled ceremony was only weeks away.

The Fowlers’ children worked with the “Hosea Feed the Hungry” charity and that’s how they decided to work with the organization.

The family reached out to Elizabeth Omilami, the charity’s chief executive officer about gathering preferably 200 children and women together for a meal at the location of what was going to be their daughter’s reception. The event was held at Villa Christina, a five-star elegant restaurant located in Atlanta, Georgia.

The charity and Omilami organized for buses to transport the people from the shelters to the restaurant for the event. The thankful guests were met at the door with glasses of punch and lemonade, coconut shrimp, beef tenderloin kabob and the kids were served mac n’ cheese.

To make the young guests feel even more special, the Fowlers hired a face painter, juggler and a clown. The kiddies also had a special kids menu that included french fries, chicken fingers and fruit.  The adults were served salmon and chicken.

The Fowlers said the money was well spent, “the feeling was one you cannot explain, to see the faces and hear their thank you’s.”

The Fowlers did not reveal why the wedding was cancelled but it seems like this event made the unhappy moment worthwhile. The Fowlers’ daughter called the event “surreal but incredibly rewarding.” The event also fell on Willie “Bill” Fowler’s 70th birthday.

The family hopes to make this an annual event. Mrs. Fowler explained to Tom Joyner Morning Show commentator Jacque Reid why they have been inspired to do so, “because when you see the faces and particularly the faces of the children and the excitement and the enjoyment; It is so fulfilling. It is a feeling that you cannot get from receiving; giving is far more special. And sharing the love.”

15 thoughts on “Family Donates Cancelled Wedding Reception to Homeless

  1. FIFTY AND PHUNE on said:

    Joy your name should be Debbie Downer. Talking about some fish and veggies. Eating something like that every once in a while ain’t gonna kill nobody. You sound like one of those PETA people but you drink wine and get drunk. People who get married in court houses get divorced just like people who spend a lot of money on their weddings. Ain’t nothing guaranteed. Fish does have mercury in it as well and some veggies have ecoli . Remember the spinach breakout from the organic farm years ago. It ain’t as healthy as you think it is. Chill out and put the bottle down.

  2. What a classy way to handle this unfortunate situation. Hosea Feed the Hungry is one of the charities I give to also, thru the United Way. Excellent organization. Kudos to the Fowlers and their daughter.

  3. Awesome!! What a great thing to do!!! This will stick in the minds of those who attended; forever (especially the kids). I wish they had served the kids fish and veggies instead of fries, and chicken fingers. I don’t know why some people think they have to compromise for kids. Kids need to be taught to eat healthy at an early age, and fries, and chicken fingers is not the way to go

  4. This is great, this is the kind of stuff you want to hear about in the world besides all the negative info that is aired all the time. Many blessings to Mr/Mrs Fowler!

  5. Darrell King on said:

    I worked with Carol at AT&T for some years.. and this by no means surprises me about her and Willie! You go lady! And stop tellin folk yo husband is 70!! Black don’t crack!! Darrell

  6. Wow!!! very special people to want to share with the less fortunate in such a big way. They’ll be rewarded in ways they never dreamed of – God Bless the Fowlers and it’s really no body’s business why the wedding was canceled. She saw something that the rest of them didn’t and God bless her too for having the courage to say No thank you that close to the wedding date – another weaker woman might have gone thru with it to save face and been miserable a whole lot longer than the rumors circulating about why

  7. WOW…hearing about this act of LOVE and KINDNESS is exactly what GOD ordered and exudes HUMBLENESS!!! Mr. & Mrs. Fowler, may GOD’s blessings continue to be upon you and your family. GOD is very pleased!!! BLESS U

  8. If everyone decided to give money they would spend for “meaningless” wedding ceremonies and receptions to those in need, we may just have more successful marriages.

    • Yeah Tim: Some people go into debt spending $20,000 or $30,000 on a wedding. That’s a down payment on a house. I’ve never figured out the spending of so much money on weddings. Except perhaps to try and impress other people. The problem is they are the ones stuck with paying for the weddings (not the people they are trying to impress)

  9. prayw/faith on said:

    I am glad you decided to do this every year, you cant beat God giving he is truly pleased with your walk, keep going Fowlers. Much Love…..

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