Everyday Hero(es) Of The Week: The Duane Family of Sacramento, CA

Looking a few months into the past for the week’s Everyday Hero of the Week, but with a story like this late is absolutely better than never.

Kari Duane’s daughter – of Sacramento, CA – found herself in a heartbreaking situation:  Her fiancé called off their planned wedding less than a month before the big day, leaving the Duane family with around $35,000 of non-refundable deposits for the event.  While most would take this as a moment to retreat, Mrs. Duane decided to go ahead with the event with a slightly altered guest list.

The Duane family decided to invite the local homeless to attend the catered dinner.  On the menu were entrees from the Citizen Hotel’s four-star restaurant, including gnocchi, salmon and tri-tip.

Mrs. Duane, according to a CBS NEWS interview, said of the event “Even though my husband and I were feeling very sad for our daughter, it was heartwarming to see so many people be there and enjoy a meal.”

One of the first guests to arrive were the Abdullah family and their five children.

“When you’re going through a hard time and a struggle for you to get out to do something different and with your family, it was really a blessing,” Rashad Abdullah said, according to a KCRA Sacramento report.  His wife Erika added, “To lose out on something so important to yourself and then give it to someone else is really giving, really kind,”

Around 90 people, mostly from a local shelter, came to the event.  While absolutely not what Mrs. Duane’s daughter and her family were expecting a month prior, it was a truly moving evening nonetheless.  This is an incredible act of kindness and an extremely impressive way to make lemonade.  We are very, very proud to count the Duane family among our Everyday Heroes.

As for the non-refundable honeymoon trip: Kari and her daughter are headed to Belize.  Very well deserved.

For the full story, please see here at CBS NEWS Sacramento and KCRA Sacramento. Photo credit: Yahoo News.