The physical hardships of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic often well documented as we count the number of reported cases and deaths due to illness. However, we often ignore the decline of this pandemic in everyone emotionally. There have been thousands, if not millions, of canceled birthdays, celebrations, graduations, and weddings around the world. Not to mention that many people have not been able to engage in simple rituals such as going out with their friends or going to a concert. We have all had to make sacrifices and adjustments during this time to make sure that more people do not get sick.
Another couple who felt the pain of self-sacrifice this year were Emily Bugg and Billy Lewis, a Chicago couple who had to cancel their marriage because of the COVID tragedy. The two first met on a dating app called Bumble in 2017, and after their wedding plans were completed, they decided to just get married in the town hall. Initially, the couple had a spectacular party and a big party at their wedding. They even booked a lot of venues to make a perfect disco party with a DJ and a photographer. The couple also invited more than 150 guests, but they were forced to change everything once the pandemic started.
However, instead of allowing their $ 5,000 deposit to be wasted, Bugg and Lewis contacted a homeless shelter focused on helping substance abusers and mental health problems clean up and keep them out of poverty.
Thanks to their contribution, at least 200 people enjoyed a fresh and delicious Thanksgiving meal.
The couple will later comment on their good performance during the Good Morning America interview. Bugg says:
Lewis will later tell the Washington Post:
Mark Ishaug, CEO of Thresholds, said:
Emily and Billy’s wonderful deed is just another example of how people have turned the effects of the pandemic into opportunities to serve others and to make our world a better place.
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