Georgia Family Donates Cancelled Wedding’s Reception to Homeless

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When Willie and Carol Fowler’s only daughter cancelled her wedding 40 days before she was set to walk down the aisle, the parents were faced with a venue, food and entertainment that had all been paid for.

But instead of cancelling everything and losing their deposits, they decided to change the guest list — to 200 homeless people.

“We went home that evening and my husband woke up the next morning and I was in the process of cancelling out the venue and he said, ‘No, what we’ll do is donate it to Hosea Feed the Hungry,'” Carol Fowler told ABCNews.com today.

“It was a vision,” Fowler said of her husband’s idea. “He said he had prayed on it during the night and God had directed him and that’s what we were going to do.”

The Fowlers called Hosea Feed the Hungry, an organization that their daughter had volunteered for when she was younger. It is a nonprofit organization in Atlanta, Ga., that provides homeless individuals with services and resources.

“When they first called, the administration thought it was a prank call because it was too good to be true,” Quisa Foster of Hosea Feed the Hungry said. “It’s a very creme de la creme wedding venue, so to say that you’re going to host 200 homeless individuals at Villa Christina — it sounds like a prank call.”

The Fowlers persisted and eventually had a meeting with the organization to prove their good intentions and plan the event.

On Sept. 15, buses transported 200 homeless women, children and families to Villa Christina for the event. It began at 2 p.m. with outdoor appetizers and space for the children to run and play.

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