Bride Cancels Wedding Due To Harvey, Then Turns Banquet Into 300 Meals For Hurricane Victims

by Kristin Avery
Kristin shares a Chicago home with a dog, a rabbit, two cats, a husband, and an 11-year-old daughter.

National tragedies have a way of bringing out the best in people. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, there were multiple stories of neighbors helping neighbors, as well as thousands across the country who continue to send money, supplies, well wishes, and prayers.

One generous Texas couple even donated the food they had purchased for their wedding’s welcome dinner. Dayna Skolkin and her fiancé, Josh Tillis, had to postpone their wedding until December because of Hurricane Harvey. But the bride-to-be didn’t stay blue for long. Instead, she jumped right in to help feed and care for those displaced by the destructive storm.

The couple’s welcome dinner was to be held at a nonprofit organization that Dayna’s mother had co-founded. Thankfully, the facility remained dry and became a center for meal preparation for Houstonians left homeless by the storm. Food purchased for Dayna and Josh’s dinner provided hundreds of meals, with the generous couple directly involved in the preparation and packaging.

“Everyone in Houston is doing everything they can to try to help,” Dayna said.

Dayna’s mother passed away five years ago, but is surely smiling at her daughter’s compassion and generosity for her neighbors and friends in need.

There are so many beautiful stories of everyday citizens helping each other in this time of crisis. Hopefully as the floodwaters recede, the kindness and compassion for our neighbors and fellow human beings continues.

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