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Jilted bride invites the city’s homeless to wedding reception after her fiancé gets cold feet

Published 19/10/2015 | 13:39

Quinn pictured at her hen party earlier this year.
Quinn pictured at her hen party earlier this year.
Erica Abdullah attended the dinner with her five children.

A bride-to-be, whose fiancé ended their engagement one week before their wedding, invited more than 120 homeless people to enjoy four-star feast in Sacramento.

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Quinn Duane (27) was set to marry her boyfriend of more than four years this week but he called it off just days before their $35000 (€30,000) wedding.

However, the jilted bride-to-be decided to channel her heartbreak into something positive and invited 120 people affected by homelessness in Sacramento to enjoy the wedding meal.

"When I found out on Monday that the wedding would not be taking place, it just seemed like, of course, this would be something that we would do to give back," Quinn’s mother Kari told American news station KCRA.

Erica Abdullah attended the dinner with her five children.
Erica Abdullah attended the dinner with her five children.

Families battling homelessness attended the dinner, where they enjoyed a three course meal.

Rashad Abdullah, who attended the dinner with his wife Erika and their five children, said: “When you’re going through a hard time and a struggle, for you to get out to do something different with your family, it was really a blessing.”

Erika said: “To lose out on something so important to yourself and then give it to someone else is really giving, really kind.”

Although the would-be-bride did not attend the event, her mum said the day was bittersweet for the family.

“I feel a lot of heartache and heartbreak for her [Quinn], but I will take away something good from this, I will,” she said.

The cost of the wedding and honeymoon was un-refundable, so the bride and her mother flew to Belize yesterday to enjoy what would have been the couple’s celebratory trip.

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