October Kitchen - B2B - September 2018

Sarah Cummins Turns Heartbreak Into Hope A SERVING OF LOVE

a resident of Wheeler Mission in Indiana. “It’s a great opportunity to spread love … This is just a very nice thing to do.”

On Saturday, July 15, 2017, the sky was clear, the sun was shining and it was a beautiful day for a wedding. Unfortunately, less than a week before her big day, Sarah Cummins and her fiancé called it quits and Sarah was left with a broken heart and a nonrefundable reception. Instead of letting the dinner go to waste, Sarah invited over 100 people, including many veterans, from homeless shelters in Indiana to come enjoy the meal. When word of her generosity got out, other people stepped up to make the day special. After two years of planning, Sarah’s reception was meant to be an elegant affair, so many people donated formal and semi-formal clothes for guests to wear. After getting all dressed up, guests were treated to fine hors d’oeuvres, catered dinner, drinks and of course cake. Many of the guests had never enjoyed such a fine meal and they were grateful for Sarah’s kindness during such a difficult time.

After turning a painful experience into a day of love, Sarah was inspired to continue the good work in her community. During the would-be reception, Sarah met staff and residents of Dayspring Center, a shelter for homeless families in Indianapolis. Despite attending Purdue University and working two part-time jobs, Sarah began volunteering at Dayspring Center, finding a new sense of purpose by helping out in the kitchen. “I am also thankful for the Dayspring Center and all the people there who have taught me how fulfilling it is to give freely to others,” says Sarah, recovering from her rocky year. “I am so fortunate to have so many inspiring and strong people in my life.”

“It’s just a really great opportunity for us. That was going to be a huge tragedy in her life,” said Erik Jensen,

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