A trend that started in California has spread to Nebraska. Last week a bride in Sacramento donated her wedding dinner to the homeless after it was canceled at the last minute. Open Door Mission President and CEO Candace Gregory says the same thing happened here in Omaha.
Gregory says, “Unfortunately, a groom had second thoughts and canceled the wedding. The bride and her family had already paid for a large portion of the reception. They didn’t want to go to waste and wanted it to be used to bless someone in this circumstance. We are going to the D.C. Center. We are going to have a great time together and celebrate sobriety together.”
Gregory says the Open Door Mission provides 816 men, women and children with safe shelter beds each night and it was a difficult decision to decide who to select to attend the feast. She said they selected 75 men and women in the New Life Recovery Program who are working hard to become healthy and looking forward to moving back into the community as independent and self-sufficient individuals.
The banquet style luncheon will be held at noon Thursday.