For many, their wedding is “their day,” but this generous couple decided to make it about others. Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu, 24, and Esra Polat, 20, of Turkey, decided to spend the money they had received for the wedding feeding Syrian refugees instead. Working together with Turkish charity Kimse Yok Mu, they took their place behind the counter still dressed in their wedding attire and spent the day feeding 4000 people.
“We wanted to help our Syrian brothers,” the newlyweds shared in a statement through KYM. “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 wedding took place in the southern Turkish city of Kilis, located on the Syrian border. According to the United Nations, Turkey has hosted more than a million Syrian refugees since the conflict began there in 2011; in total, four-million refugees have fled the war-torn country seeking shelter elsewhere.
Instead of throwing a party for themselves, Turkish couple Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat decided to do something different
“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”