Dads sometimes come up with crazy ideas. Usually, they are pretty good and other times… well, they’re just great. That’s how Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu felt when his father, Ali Üzümcüoğlu, gave him an idea for his upcoming wedding celebration that he just couldn’t turn down:
“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. So I came up with this idea and shared it with my son. I’m very happy that he accepted it and they started their new happy journey with such a selfless action.”
Turkish weddings are kind of a big deal and usually span 2-3 days, ending with a big banquet-style party. Ali and his bride, Esra Polat, got married recently in the province of Kilis on the Syrian border and were so excited to celebrate with not just their friends and family, but also with Syrian refugees. The couple, along with their wedding guests, worked together to operate food trucks and shared with the refugee families during the celebration. Esra was a bit surprised when she first heard the idea, but was quickly won over by the thought of giving to those in need and experiencing a meal like never before:
“…I’m happy that we had the opportunity to share our wedding meal with the people who are in real need.”
The couple sought the help of non-for-profit organization Kimse Yok Mu. The charity feeds around 4,000 refugees in the area and was more than willing to help share in this act of generousity.
The groom stated: “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.”
The Syrian Civil War began in the early spring of 2011 within the timeframe of the Arab Spring protests. Since then, thousands of people and families have been displaced, and much can be done to help these vulnerable people. The couple hopes their actions will inspire others to reconsider how they would like to celebrate an event.
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