A California bride has turned heartbreak into heartwarming generosity by donating her non-refundable wedding reception to a charity that supports families with children with disabilities.
The bride, who has not been identified, called off her wedding after she learned something about her fiancé, according to NBC Bay Area, but decided to donate the reception, which cost around $15,000, to Parents Helping Parents (PHP).
The charity, which is based in San Diego, California, provides support and resources to families with children with disabilities.
The bride’s family member uses PHP’s services, and she was inspired by the organization’s work.
Instead of a wedding celebration, the reception was turned into a party for people with disabilities – called Ball For All – with food, music, dancing, a DJ and a photo booth.
“It was an amazing night,” said PHP’s executive director, Mary Jane Williams. “The bride’s generosity has brought so much joy to our families.”
The bride’s act of kindness has been praised by many people online. One person commented on social media: “This is such a beautiful story. The bride’s generosity will make a real difference to the lives of so many people.”
Another person wrote: “This is what weddings are all about – love, community, and giving back.”