Your wedding day is the one day that is all about you and your spouse, but not every couple dreams of a typical ‘all about us’ wedding celebration. Some couples are thinking outside of the box when it comes to planning their big day. Meet Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu, 24, and Esra Polat, 20, a newlywed couple from Turkey that decided to forfeit a traditional wedding in exchange for helping 4,000 refugees.
The Turkish bride and groom were wed at a ceremony in the southern city of Kilis, which is located on the Syrian border. After their ceremony the couple didn’t have a grand party with friends and family, but instead donated the money and time to helping Syrian refugees.
The newlyweds remained in their wedding clothes as they worked behind the food counter feeding 4,000 people. They worked with Turkish charity Kimse Yok Mu to accomplish their big-hearted goal. KYM has been feeding Syrian refugees in and around Kilis for years.
Üzümcüoğlu’s father works as an active volunteer for the organization, it was his idea for his son and daughter-in-law to share their special day feeding the refugees. The proud father said, “I’m very happy that he accepted it and they started their new happy journey with such a selfless action.”
The United Nations reports that Turkey has opened its doors to over one million Syrian refugees since the conflict raged in 2011. This is only a fraction of the four million refugees total that have fled Syria seeking shelter from other countries.
A spokesperson for KYM quoted the couple saying, “We wanted to help our Syrian brothers. Seeing the happiness in the eyes of the Syrian refugee children is just priceless. We started our journey to happiness with making others happy and that’s a great feeling.”
Instead of a lavish party they used their wedding money to feed 4,000 extremely thankful Syrian refugees.
“I thought that sharing a big delicious dinner with our family and friends was unnecessary, knowing that there are so many people in need living next door.”
“We think we’ve made an investment in happiness by sharing our dinner with Syrian refugees living in our city.”
We wish this beautiful and selfless couple many years of love and happiness, as they inspire the world to do things differently for the betterment of mankind.
Photo Credits: kym.org.tr