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Canceled wedding becomes dinner for homeless

Published On: Sep 24 2013 10:09:25 AM CDT
Updated On: Sep 24 2013 06:56:49 PM CDT
Family donates wedding food

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Two-hundred homeless people in Atlanta benefited from the generosity of a couple whose daughter called off her wedding at the last minute.

Carol and Willie Fowler had an elaborate reception planned for their only daughter's nuptials.

But when she canceled the wedding 40 days out, the Fowlers were left with tons of food, a venue and entertainment that had already been paid for, Fox News reported.

Rather than let it go to waste, they called a local charity and invited 200 of Atlanta's homeless and their families to the Villa Christina restaurant for a lavish, four-course feast.

"All the plates were empty and there wasn't any leftover food at all. It was an eye-opening experience," Quisa Foster of Hosea Feed the Hungry & Homeless told ABC News. "You go to weddings sometimes and you see a lot of people really waste food. We take so many things for granted. These clients or guests, as we call them, they don't."

The event, dubbed the Fowler Family Celebration of Love, was also attended by the Fowler's daughter, Tamara, whom her parents said was in good spirits.