One family turned life's lemons into charity lemonade by feeding Sacramento's homeless population.
Days before her daughter Quinn was set to be married, Kari Duane was informed her son-in-law-to-be got cold feet and decided to cancel the nuptials.
Aside from dealing with the obvious emotional issues stemming from her daughter's breakup, Kari was faced with another smaller problem: What would she do with the $35,000 wedding she paid for?
Rather than biting the bullet and canceling the event or maybe even hosting a dinner for her friends, Kari decided to throw some positive karma into the world by taking the opportunity to give the homeless population of Sacramento a chance to dine at The Citizen Hotel.
A half an hour before the event was supposed to actually start, the first person arrived, a woman who lives in a homeless shelter because she can't afford rent.
Kari told KCRA,
I was thinking at that moment, if she's the only person that comes tonight, this was worth it.
More came, though, and soon, the hall was filled with families, single people, children and grandparents -- all hoping to get warm, catered meals at the hotel.
Rashad Abdullah, who dined at the canceled wedding reception with his wife and five children, told KCRA,
When you're going through a hard time and a struggle for you to get out to do something different and with your family... It was really a blessing.
Kari and her daughter are set to take the non-refundable honeymoon, a much-deserved trip to Belize, to hopefully get Quinn's mind off the past few days' events.
I think we can all agree Kari Duane is the best.