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Published on May 26th, 2015

The Fowler Family: Hosting a banquet for 200 homeless people.

When Willie and Carol Fowler's daughter cancelled her wedding just 40 days before she was to walk down the aisle, it created a dilemma.

They had already paid large deposits for an expensive venue, Atlanta's Villa Christina, which also included food, beverages and entertainment, and the Fowlers weren't sure what to do.

Villa Christina
Atlanta's Villa Christina  

Seeking guidance, Willie prayed overnight and received a vision: As a result, the Fowlers called Hosea Feed the Hungry, a nonprofit Atlanta charity which offers support to the homeless.

"When they first called, the administration thought it was a prank call because it was too good to be true," Quisa Foster of Hosea Feed the Hungry told ABCNews.com.

"It's a very crème de la crème wedding venue, so to say that you're going to host 200 homeless individuals at Villa Christina – it sounds like a prank call."

But on Sept. 15th, 2013: 200 homeless men, women and children arrived at Villa Christina by bus for their 2 pm banquet.

The approximately 50 children were given space to play, and were entertained with face painting and juggling and there was entertainment for the adults, including a motivational speaker.

At the end of the banquet, unlike most social gatherings, all of the food had been eaten for in the hearts of the guests; it was too precious to be wasted.

Ms. Foster of Hosea Feed the Hungry said,

"These are working families that for whatever reason – the recession, economic downturn – have found themselves in a place where they're without a place to live and starting over."

But on this day, heartaches were set aside and the banquet became a celebration of life.

"There is no way to explain how it makes you feel, but it's wonderful," said Willie Fowler amid so much joy.

The Fowlers told ABC News that people often cancel social events and forfeit their money.

"If you have cancelled an event, do not walk away," said Carol Fowler. "Pick up the phone and call your favorite charity and offer it to them. We're regular, working people and anybody can do this. This is not star stuff."

Success Tip of the Week: Today let your heart guide you as to how you can help those in need.

Editor's Note: To learn more, click here. To learn about Hosea Feed the Hungry, visit http://4hosea.org/ To see beautiful Villa Christina, click here.

Thank you to www.dailygood.org who published The Fowler Family story on 3/20/15.

In the next KazanToday: A Hollywood philanthropist who left most of his fortune to charity.

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