Sunshine: Monday September 30, 2013

Billy T —  Monday, September 30, 2013

It’s rare to hear anything good come out of a cancelled wedding, but one Georgia family has changed all that. Just 40 days before Willie and Carol Fowler’s only daughter was due to tie the knot, she called off her engagement.

HT_atlanta_wedding_reception_for_homeless_lpl_130923_16x9_992Since it was so close to the celebration, the venue, food and entertainment had all been paid for, but instead of letting it all go to waste, Willie had a great idea. He told his wife he wanted to donate everything to Hosea Feed the Hungry, a non-profit organization in Atlanta where their daughter had volunteered when she was younger. “It was a vision,” “He said he had prayed on it during the night and God had directed him and that’s what we were going to do.” So on September 15th, 200 homeless individuals were transported to Villa Christina, where adults enjoyed a dinner of salmon and chicken, and kids chowed down on chicken fingers and fries. The kids even had a private area where they were treated to face painting and juggling.

The Fowlers were very hands on during the event, greeting all the guests, alongside their daughter. “There is no way to explain how it makes you feel, but it’s wonderful,” said Willie, with Carol adding, “If we could just inspire one youth in that crowd to rise above the situation today and be a very responsible member of society tomorrow, that would be extremely rewarding.”

The Fowlers are hoping to make the affair a yearly event, and are urging others to follow their lead. “If you have cancelled an event, do not walk away. Pick up the phone and call your favorite charity and offer it to them,” said Carol. “We’re regular, working people and anybody can do this. This is not star stuff.” Actually, it really is!