Something Old, Something New, Something Awesome

Weddings can bring out the worst in people, creating bridezillas, causing tension and if Don’t Tell The Bride and Say Yes To The Dress has taught me anything, no end of arguments, bickering and selfishness.
So it’s nice to hear about two folks using their wedding to do something amazingly kind.
In Turkey Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat were tying the knot. Turkish tradition is for the wedding celebrations to last several days and culminate in a big feast.
However, father of the groom Ali Üzümcüoğlu, felt that this wasn’t right. Living near the Syrian border and aware of the conditions experienced by refugees fleeing the conflict, he decided that the money could be put to better use. He explained his choice by saying:

I thought that sharing a big delicious dinner with our family and friends was unnecessary, knowing that there are so many people in need living next door. So I came up with this idea and shared it with my son

His idea was to take the money donated by loved ones for the feast and use it to feed the refugees in the area. Ali’s son and his bride-to-be got on board with the idea, and they used food trucks to feed 4,000 refugees.

The bride and groom helping serve the food

It’s such a wonderful story, people performing a selfless, compassionate act on a day that for many is all about showiness and being the centre of attention.
These amazing people started their life together with a good deed and both talked about the good feeling it gave them and the fact that helping others in need was the right thing to do.
It’s also a great antidote to the depressing rise in hateful, unsympathetic response towards the migrants trying to get into the UK.
If I could find a hat big enough for my giant head I’d take it off to this fantastic couple. Stories like this reassure me that people can be awesome.
Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.

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