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The Chicago couple used the lost wedding food deposit to feed those in need

The Chicago couple, who canceled their wedding due to the pandemic, are using their non-refundable food deposit to donate Thanksgiving dinner to those in need

  • Emily Bugg (33) and Billy Lewis (34) had to cancel their big wedding due to the pandemic and instead got married on October 1st in the town hall
  • They asked their caterer, Big Delicious Planet, to make their $ 5,000 deposit to feed people in need on that Thanksgiving Day
  • Emily works for Thresholds, a nonprofit that helps people with mental illness and drug problems
  • They distributed 200 Thanksgiving meals to Thresholds customers

A Chicago couple had to change their wedding plans due to the pandemic this year – but decided to make good use of the non-refundable food deposit by having the caterers feed those in need on this Thanksgiving Day.

Emily Bugg, 33, and Billy Lewis, 34) didn’t have the big wedding they planned and instead tied the knot on October 1 at Chicago City Hall.

However, some of their large wedding expenses have already been paid for, including $ 5,000 for catering. The couple used the deposit to offer 200 Thanksgiving dinners to people with mental illness.

Emily Bugg (33) and Billy Lewis (34) had to cancel their big wedding because of the pandemic

They asked their caterer, Big Delicious Planet, to make their $ 5,000 deposit to feed people in need on that Thanksgiving Day

Emily works for Thresholds, a nonprofit that helps people with mental illness and drug problems

Emily works for Thresholds, a nonprofit that helps people with mental illness and drug problems

Emily and Billy met on Bumble in 2017 and got married with a small wedding in early fall.

“By the grand scheme of things, canceling a big wedding isn’t the worst thing that can happen,” Emily told Good Morning America.

But they had already paid a ton of money to a caterer, Big Delicious Planet, and they didn’t want the money to be wasted. (The caterer worked with clients to reschedule events, but Emily and Billy decided to stick with their little wedding instead.)

Emily is an outreach worker at Thresholds, a nonprofit that helps people with severe mental illness and substance problems.

So she and Billy had Big Delicious Planet prepare Thanksgiving meals of turkey, mashed potatoes, and vegetables for Threshold customers.

You still do it!  The couple tied the knot on October 1st in the town hall

You still do it! The couple tied the knot on October 1st in the town hall

Looks delicious!  They distributed 200 Thanksgiving meals to Thresholds customers

Looks delicious! They distributed 200 Thanksgiving meals to Thresholds customers

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“By the grand scheme of things, canceling a big wedding isn’t the worst thing that can happen,” said Emily (not pictured)

Thresholds usually host a Thanksgiving dinner together, but that too has been canceled due to the pandemic.

Instead, the nonprofit and caterer packed up the meals, and the couple helped Thresholds distribute them.

“We’re excited to be married, and we’re so happy we can help Thresholds customers feel the connection of a Thanksgiving meal as a result of the wedding being canceled,” she said.

Mark Ishaug, CEO of Thresholds added, “Emily’s donation is an incredible example of the generosity and creativity that the pandemic has inspired in so many people.

“I know Emily’s act of kindness will inspire others to do the same and to build love and connection as best we can during a difficult time.

“Thresholds is very grateful to our employees like Emily, who are so committed to their work to help people with mental illness.

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