Gracious Couple Turns Their Wedding Into Incredible Gift for Hungry Refugees (PHOTO)

wedding handsWhen it comes to wedding banquets, most soon-to-be-married couples are mostly worried about how many orders of chicken vs. fish (and is a vegetarian option really necessary?). Not so for a bride and groom from Turkey who used their wedding as an opportunity to feed 4,000 refugees!


Recently married couple Fethullah Üzümcüoglu and Esra Polat live in the Turkish border town of Kilis, which also happens to be home to tens of thousands of refugees from nearby Syria. If the couple went the traditional route with their wedding celebration, they would have spent their families' savings on a banquet for their many guests. Instead, the pair decided they would donate the money to feed 4,000 refugees in Kilis. (Um, just like you did at your wedding, right? Whoops.)

Truly, a remarkably generous thing to do -- though it's worth noting the original idea didn't come from the couple themselves, but rather from the groom's father, Ali Üzümcüoglu, who is active in the Turkish charity Kimse Yok Mu. Ali felt that spending all that money on a party was "unnecessary" when so many people were hungry right "next door," and his son and daughter-in-law-to-be agreed.

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"I’m very happy that he accepted it and they started their new happy journey with such a selfless action," said Ali.

As were the thousands of refugees who got a hot meal out of the whole thing, undoubtedly. The reality of these people's lives is so difficult, it's hard for any of us to even imagine, and acts of kindness like this one are certainly few and far between. But hopefully this gesture will inspire more people to find similar ways to help. Just look at this photo of the couple at the soup kitchen -- what a way to start a life together!


Of course most people won't go to quite such great lengths to help others, and that's okay -- you can still be a good person without sacrificing your entire wedding. But it's definitely food for thought! (No pun intended.) 

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