Couple uses deposit from canceled wedding to feed 200 people on Thanksgiving

An Illinois couple canceled their big wedding amid the coronavirus pandemic and used their catering deposit to feed the needy.

Although Emily Bugg, 33, and Billy Lewis, 34, nixed their large wedding due to COVID, the duo tied the knot at City Hall in October.

Instead of taking back their $5000 catering deposit, the newlyweds used the money to provide Thanksgiving meals to clients of Thresholds, a local charity that provides resources for people with serious mental illnesses and substance use conditions, reported CBS News.

"In the grand scheme of things, canceling a big wedding isn't the worst thing that could happen," Bugg, who is an outreach worker at Thresholds, 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."

The couple’s wedding caterer, Big Delicious Planet, collaborated with Thresholds to prepare and deliver 200 meals to the client’s home. The boxed meals included turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans and other Thanksgiving staples.

Due to the pandemic restrictions, Thresholds had to cancel their usual in-person Thanksgiving dinner.

"Emily's donation is an incredible example of the generosity and creativity that the pandemic has inspired in so many," Mark Ishaug, CEO of Thresholds, said. "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."

The couple’s generosity was contagious as their wedding venue, Salvage One, also used their deposit toward hosting an event in the future for the Epilepsy Foundation.

Looks like everyone said “I do’” to helping others in need.

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