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Chicago couple uses lost wedding catering bail to feed needy people

A Chicago couple needed to change their marriage ceremony plans because of the pandemic this 12 months – however determined to place their non-refundable catering deposit to good use by letting the caterers cater to these in want this Thanksgiving.

Emily Bugg, 33, and Billy Lewis, 34, could not have a good time the massive marriage ceremony they’d deliberate and as a substitute tied the knot on Oct. 1 at Metropolis Corridor in Chicago.

Nonetheless, a few of their huge marriage ceremony bills have already been paid, together with $5,000 for catering — so the couple used that deposit to offer 200 Thanksgiving dinners for folks with psychological sickness.

Emily Bugg, 33, and Billy Lewis, 34, needed to cancel their huge marriage ceremony due to the pandemic

They requested their caterer, Massive Scrumptious Planet, to make use of their $5,000 deposit to feed these in want this Thanksgiving

Emily works for Thresholds, a non-profit organization that helps people with mental illness and substance abuse problems

Emily works for Thresholds, a non-profit group that helps folks with psychological sickness and substance abuse issues

Emily and Billy met on Bumble in 2017 and married with a small marriage ceremony earlier within the fall.

“By and huge, canceling an enormous marriage ceremony is not the worst factor that would occur,” Emily informed Good Morning America.

However they’d already paid fairly a bit of cash to at least one caterer, Massive Scrumptious Planet, and did not need the cash to go to waste. (The caterer has been working with purchasers to reschedule occasions, however Emily and Billy have opted to stay with their small marriage ceremony as a substitute.)

Emily is a social employee at Thresholds, a non-profit group that helps folks with severe psychological sickness and substance use.

So she and Billy had Massive Scrumptious Planet make Thanksgiving meals of turkey, mashed potatoes, and veggies for Threshold prospects.

They still do!  The couple married at City Hall on October 1

They nonetheless do! The couple married at Metropolis Corridor on October 1

Looks delicious!  They distributed 200 Thanksgiving meals to Thresholds customers

Seems scrumptious! They distributed 200 Thanksgiving meals to Thresholds prospects

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“By and huge, canceling an enormous marriage ceremony is not the worst factor that would occur,” mentioned Emily (not pictured).

Thresholds often hosts a Thanksgiving dinner collectively, however that, too, was canceled because of the pandemic.

As a substitute, the nonprofit and caterer packaged the meals, and the couple helped Thresholds distribute them.

“We’re fortunate to be married, and we’re so fortunate that we had been in a position to assist Thresholds’ purchasers really feel the connection of a Thanksgiving dinner because of the marriage cancellation,” she mentioned.

Mark Ishaug, CEO of Thresholds, added: “Emily’s donation is an unbelievable instance of the generosity and creativity that the pandemic has impressed in so many.

“I do know that Emily’s kindness will encourage others to do the identical and construct love and connection in each approach potential throughout a tough time.

“Thresholds is so grateful for our workers like Emily who’re so devoted to their work to assist folks with psychological sickness.

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